‘Captain America: Civil War’ star Daniel Bruhl joins film adaptation of Lone Scherfig’s ‘The Movie Teller’
Based on the novel by Hernan Rivera Letelier, the film follows the story of life in a mining town in Chile’s Atacama Desert.
According to Variety, Bruhl will star as Nansen, a European outsider who, through his restraint and diplomacy, earns the respect of families he meets at a Chilean mine before embarking on a relationship with a local woman, Maria Magnolia. (played by Berenice Bejo).
Nansen becomes the second father of Maria’s daughter, Maria Margarita (played by newcomer Sara Becker), whose unusual gift for storytelling leads her to become the impoverished town’s “movie teller”.
With local families unable to afford movie tickets, the town comes together to raise enough money to send Maria’s daughter to the movies alone so she can tell them the stories she has. seen on screen upon her return, bringing them to the movies as she brings tales to life.
“I am thrilled that Daniel Bruhl has now joined our cast alongside Berenice Bejo, Antonio de la Torre and Sarah Becker. His role is full of secrets and inner drama, as well as moments of warmth and humor. Adding his South American descent, he’s going to lay that character down with depth and emotion,” Scherfig said of the Spanish-German actor.
Chilean actor Jose Soza also stars in “The Movie Teller”. Walter Salles and Rafa Russo adapted Letelier’s book for the screen.
The film is produced by Adolfo Blanco of A Contracorriente Films and Vincent Juillerat of Selenium Films and Al Tiro Films. Embankment Films is an executive producer and co-represents Latin American rights with Latido Films.
The film, which is a Spanish, French and Chilean co-production, is set to begin filming March 21 in Pedro de Valdivia, Chile’s Atacama Desert.