Eva (2011 film)

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Eva
Directed by Kike Maíllo
Produced by Sergi Casamitjana
Francesc Olivares
Jérôme Rougier
Aintza Serra
Eric Tavitian
Written by Sergi Belbel
Cristina Clemente
Martí Roca
Aintza Serra
Starring Daniel Brühl
Marta Etura
Lluís Homar
Alberto Ammann
Music by Evgueni Galperine
Sacha Galperine
Cinematography Arnau Valls Colomer
Edited by Elena Ruiz
Production
  company
Escándalo Films S.L.
Ran Entertainment
Saga-Productions
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s)
  • 7 September 2011 (2011-09-07) (Venice)
  • 28 October 2011 (2011-10-28) (Spain)
Running time 94 minutes
Country Spain
Language Catalan
Spanish

Eva is a 2011 Spanish science fiction film directed by Kike Maíllo. It was released on 7 September 2011 at the 68th Venice International Film Festival, where it was screened out of competition. The film stars Daniel Brühl, Marta Etura, Lluís Homar and Alberto Ammann.

Eva was nominated in twelve categories at the 26th Goya Awards, scoring three wins — Best New Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best Special Effects. It earned nominations for Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Make Up and Hairstyles, Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Production Supervision and Best Sound. The film was also nominated for sixteen Gaudí Awards, winning five.

Plot[edit]

The film is set in 2041, in the time when humans live along with machines. Álex (Daniel Brühl), a renowned cybernetic engineer, returns to Santa Irene to carry out a very specific mission for the Robotic Faculty — to create a child robot. During his ten–year absence, life has moved on for his brother David (Alberto Ammann) and for Lana (Marta Etura), who married David after Álex's departure. Álex's routine is altered in an unexpected ways by Eva (Claudia Vega), Lana and David's charismatic daughter. She and Álex have a special connection from the moment they meet. They set out on a journey together, which will bring them to a revelatory end.

Cast[edit]

Shooting[edit]

Atmosphere[edit]

The film combines computer generated imagery of robots and engineering devices and retro clothing and props (like a Saab 900 car), pre-European Union Spanish license plates or people smoking.

Locations[edit]

La Chaux-de-Fonds in winter.

The film was shot[1] at the province of Barcelona (interior scenes), Panticosa (Huesca), La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland), and Tenerife (the final scene).

Release[edit]

Eva was first screened out of competition at the 68th Venice International Film Festival, on 7 September 2011.[2] Subsequently, it opened the Sitges Film Festival on 6 October 2011.[3] The film had its theatrical release in Spain on 28 October. On 4 January 2012, Eva was released in Russia. It also had its French premiere at the Angers European First Film Festival on 24 January.[4] On 27 January, the film was screened at the Gérardmer Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.[5] EVA will be shown at the Festival of Iberian and Latin American Cinema in Villeurbanne,[6] after which it will be released in French cinemas.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Eva received generally positive reviews from film critics. Miguel Juan Payán of the Acción Cine described the film as a "brave science fiction exercise", and compared it to classics such as Frankenstein, Metropolis, Blade Runner and A.I. Artificial Intelligence. He awarded the film with five out of five points, and especially praised the performances of the cast members.[7] Ignacio Lasierra of the Cine para leer also reviewed the film positively, calling it a "strong and beautiful film with robots."[8] The website Critics Cinema gave Eva 4.5 out of five stars and described it as "an intelligent film that, aparts from notable effects, also offers interesting and emotional stories."[9]

However, Olivier Bachelard of the French web site Abus de ciné felt the "tension build gradually, but without reaching the summit, [...] It remains politically correct, generates little suspense and remains in the area of the nice picture. [...] We would have seen a real thriller. They preferred to give us a little sci–fi targeting families."[10] Carlos Fernández Castro of the Spanish blog Bandeja de Plata gave the film 4.5 points out of five, praising Claudia Vega's portrayal of Eva. In contrast to that, he named the performance of Daniel Brühl as "odd since the moment he had appeared in the film," and the character of Marta Etura as "shallow."[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards Category Name Result
Gaudí Awards Best Art Direction Laia Colet Won
Best Cinematography Arnau Valls Colomer Won
Best Costume Design María Gil Nominated
Best Director Kike Maíllo Nominated
Best Film Editing Elena Ruiz Nominated
Best Film in Catalan Language N/A Won
Best Make Up and Hairstyles Concha Rodríguez, Jesús Martos Nominated
Best Original Score Sacha Galperine, Evgueni Galperine Nominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Daniel Brühl Nominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Lluís Homar Won
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Claudia Vega Nominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Anne Canovas Nominated
Best Production Manager Toni Carrizosa Nominated
Best Screenplay Sergi Belbel, Cristina Clemente, Martí Roca, Aintza Serra Nominated
Best Sound Marc Orts, Jordi Rossinyol Colomer, Oriol Tarragó Nominated
Best Special/Visual Effects Arturo Balceiro, Lluís Castells, Javier García Won
Gérardmer Film Festival Awards Audience Award N/A Won
Goya Awards Best Actor Daniel Brühl Nominated
Best Cinematography Arnau Valls Colomer Nominated
Best Editing Eva Ruiz Nominated
Best Make Up and Hairstyles Concha Rodríguez, Jesús Martos Nominated
Best Original Score Evgueni Galperine, Sacha Galperine Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Sergi Belbel, Cristina Clemente, Martí Roca, Aintza Serra Nominated
Best New Director Kike Maíllo Won
Best Production Design Laia Colet Nominated
Best Production Supervision Toni Carrizosa Nominated
Best Sound Marc Orts, Jordi Rossinyol Colomer, Oriol Tarragó Nominated
Best Special Effects Arturo Balseiro, Lluís Castells Won
Best Supporting Actor Lluís Homar Won
Nantes Film Festival Awards Jury Grand Prix N/A Won
Sant Jordi Awards Best First Work Kike Maíllo Won
Spanish Cinema Writers Circle Awards Best Actor Daniel Brühl Nominated
Best Cinematography Arnau Valls Colomer Nominated
Best Director Kike Maíllo Nominated
Best Editing Eva Ruiz Nominated
Best Film Kike Maíllo Nominated
Best New Actor or Actress Claudia Vega Nominated
Best New Director Kike Maíllo Won
Best Original Score Evgueni Galperine, Sacha Galperine Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Sergi Belbel, Cristina Clemente, Martí Roca, Aintza Serra Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Lluís Homar Won
Sitges Film Festival Awards Best Special Effects Javier García, Lluís Castells Won
Venice International Film Festival Jury Special Mention N/A Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Spanish) Commentaries on the film.
  2. ^ "Fuori Concorso: Eva – Kike Maíllo". Venice International Film Festival (in Italian). 31 August 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "EVA". Sitges Film Festival. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Release dates for Eva (2011)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "'Eva', de Kike Maíllo, Premio del Público en el Festival de Gérardmer". Europa Press (in Spanish). 30 January 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "EVA". Festival Reflets du cinéma ibérique et latino-américain (in French). Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  7. ^ Payán, Miguel Juan (24 October 2011). "EVA". Acción Cine (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Lasierra, Ignacio (October 2011). "EVA". Cine para leer (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Crítica de Eva de Kike Maíllo con Daniel Brühl, Marta Etura y Alberto Ammann (2011)". Critics Cinema (in Spanish). 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  10. ^ Bachelard, Olivier (January 2012). "EVA – critique du film réalisé pour Kike Maíllo". Abus de cine (in French). Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  11. ^ Fernández Castro, Carlos (31 October 2011). "EVA (2011)". Bandeja de Plata (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 March 2011. 

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