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Andrucha Waddington

  • Country: Brazil, Spain
  • Year: 2010
  • Producer: Mercedes Gamero, Edmon Roch, Jordi Gasull, Andrucha Waddington
  • Screenplay: Jordi Gasull, Ignacio del Moral
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Andrucha Waddington brings famed Spanish playwright Lope de Vega’s passionate life to the screen. The young poet returns to Madrid from war and gets his foot in the door of Madrid's most important theatre troupe – quickly charming his boss's daughter. His childhood friend, Isabel de Urbina, also falls under the spell of his poems. So much seduction eventually brings misfortune and he must flee Madrid.

SpainHistoryAdventurePeriod PieceBiography

screening times

    • Monday September 13
    • 9:15:00 PM
    • Thursday September 16
    • 6:00:00 PM
    • Tiff Bell LightBox 1
    • Sunday September 19
    • 9:00:00 AM
    • AMC 6

Note: indicates Premium Screening.

official description

Although lesser known than Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes, Lope de Vega was Spain’s most prolific writer.In fact, Cervantes nicknamed him “The Phoenix of Wits” and “Monster of Nature”because of the sheer volume of his work,which includes eighteen hundred plays,three thousand sonnets, three novels, four novellas and nine epic poems. In addition to being an immensely productive writer, Lope was also an extremely passionate man whose life reads like an adventure novel.In his latest feature, Brazilian filmmaker Andrucha Waddington brings this fascinating playwright to life.

In an eye-catching performance, newcomer Alberto Amman portrays the young poet Felix Lope de Vega as he returns to Madrid a penniless soldier. After a life filled with fighting, Lope is anxious to fulfill his dreams of becoming a playwright. Soon he gets his foot in the door with the most successful theatre troupe in Madrid and just as quickly falls for his boss’s seductive daughter,Elena (Pilar López de Ayala). However,when he discovers that she is married, the turbulent troubadour throws his career out the window. At the premiere of his first play, he publicly denounces Elena as a whore and her father as a pimp in a scandalous sword fight that leaves the theatre,and Lope’s reputation, in ruins. Now wanted for libel and fearing the gallows,Lope must flee Madrid for Lisbon with his childhood friend, the beautiful Isabel de Urbina (Leonor Watling).

Lope is an incorrigible Casanova whose love of women continuously lands him in trouble. But his honesty and passion make him such an endearing character that even Father Bernardo (Luis Tosar)cannot condemn him. Waddington draws tremendous passion from Amman, and the rich cinematography, engaging script and outstanding cast provide a thrillingly entertaining experience. Lope de Vega was a unique and provocative artist who lived a life filled with as much drama as his plays.Waddington’s film brings all his passion and his art to life.

Diana Sanchez

director bio

Andrucha Waddington was born in Rio de Janeiro. He began his career assisting directors such as Carlos Diegues, Hector Babenco and Walter Salles and made his feature directing debut with Twins (99). His second feature, Me You Them (00) screened at the Festival. His other films include the documentary Viva Sâo Joâo! (02), The House of Sand (05) and Lope (10).

full credits

Principal Cast: Alberto Ammann, Leonor Watling, Pilar López de Ayala, Antonio de la Torre, Juan Diego, Luis Tosar
Mercedes Gamero, Edmon Roch, Jordi Gasull, Andrucha Waddington
Ricardo della Rosa
Sergio Mekler
Miriam Biderman
International Sales Agent:
 Wild Bunch
Production Company:
Antena 3 Films/ El Toro Pictures/Ikiru Films/Conspiração Filmes
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