Brain Drain (film)
|Directed by||Fernando González Molina|
|Produced by||Daniel Écija
|Written by||Curro Velázquez
|Music by||Manel Santiesteban|
|Edited by||Irene Blecua|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
The production started on 14 July 2008 in Madrid and Gijón, and its premier was on 24 April 2009. Due the great success in the Spanish's box offices, Carlos Theron filmed its sequel: Fuga de Cerebros: Ahora en Harvard (Brain Drain) in 2011.
The film begins with an 18 years old' Emilio (Mario Casas) who tells his amorous misadventures with Natalia (Amaia Salamanca) due to all his physical problems (orthodoncy, orthosis, etc.) When he is 18 he finally gets rid of all his dental appareils and has the chance to confess to Natalia his love. But when she gets a student grant to attend Oxford University (England), all his friends try to help him by going to Oxford too with fake grants.
However, once there, the group must confront several problems, such as their poor English and their disabilities and quirks (one of the Emilio's friends is blind, other is paraplegic and the last one is a drug dealer). Nevertheless, and despite their impediments, they make their best to help him to get closer to Natalia with disastrous results.
- Mario Casas as Emilio Carbajosa Benito
- Amaia Salamanca as Natalia
- Alberto Amarilla as José Manuel "Chuli" Sánchez Expósito
- Gorka Lasaosa as Rafael "Ruedas" Garrido Calvo
- Pablo Penedo as Felipe "Corneto" Roldán Salas
- Canco Rodríguez as Raimundo "Cabra" Vargas Montoya
- Blanca Suárez as "Angelical voice"/Speaker
- Sarah Mühlhause as Claudia
- Simon Cohen as Edward Chamberlain
- Carlos Santos as Potro
- Reg Wilson as Professor
- Asunción Balaguer as Emilio's grandmother
- Joan Dalmau as Emilio grandfather
- Álex Angulo as Cecilio Garrido
- Loles León as Rita Calvo
- David Fernández Ortiz as Loren Sánchez
- José Luis Gil as Manuel Roldán
- Mariano Peña as Julián Roldán
- Fernando Guillén as Natalia's grandfather
- Antonio Resines as Natalia's father
- Óscar Casas as Young Emilio Carbajosa Benito (11 years old)
- Oliver Vigil as Young Emilio Carbajosa Benito (8 years old)
- Andrea Diaz as Young Natalia
In its first week at the Spanish cinemas, the film reached 1,22 mill. € at the office box and nearly 200.000 spectators saw it. With those takings, Brain Drain was the first on the Spanish box and a hit forward to State of Play.
Meanwhile, in the international box office: in United States, the film got $1,614,121 in its first weekend at cinemas.
The total income amounts to almost 7 mill€. becoming the biggest blockbuster Spanish film in 2009.