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The Motive (El autor)

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Javier Gutierrez in a Darkly Hilarious and Razor-Sharp Film from Spain…


A film by Manuel Martin Cuenca
Cast: Javier Gutierrez, Maria Leon, Antonio de la Torre, Adriana Paz, Tenoch Huertas

Spain / Mexico / 112 min / Drama / Black Comedy / Not Rated

In Spanish with English subtitles.

Nominated for 9 Goya Awards, Including Best Picture!

Alvaro dreams of becoming a great writer, but he is incapable of producing anything other than tedious, pretentious drivel. He works as a clerk for a notary in Seville and his passion for writing is the only thing that brightens up his otherwise dull existence. His wife Amanda couldn’t be more different. She’s always been down-to-earth and never dreamed of becoming a writer, yet she’s the one whose first novel ends up being a best-seller. Just one of life’s little ironies…

The couple’s separation is inevitable and acts as the push Alvaro needs to finally realize his dream of writing a great novel. But when he finally sits down to write, he can’t do it… He not only lacks talent, but imagination as well. Guided by his writing teacher, Juan, Alvaro discovers that truly great fiction is drawn from reality and so embarks on a mission to create his own story. By manipulating his friends and neighbors, Alvaro gets his plot, but will his true story have a happy ending…?

Writers: Alejandro Hernández, Manuel Martín Cuenca
Producers: Manuel Martín Cuenca,David Naranjo, José Nolla, Gonzalo Salazar-Simpson
Cinematography: Pau Esteve Birba
Editing: Ángel Hernández Zoido
Music: Pablo Perales Carrasco, José Luis Perales

“The Motive is really smart stuff — cleverly structured and plotted, with moments of real wisdom.” – The Hollywood Reporter / Full Review

“Each character, each situation, each intention is just damn funny. This film boasts an impressive creativity which advances in parallel with a story that exceeds everyone’s expectations… Theirs and ours.” ABC (Espana) / Full Review (In Spanish)

“The result is a film that’s as smart as it is labyrinthine, as dark as it is light and as deep as it is superficial. Faced with this strange beast, hilarity ensues; a hilarity which only increases the more serious and tragic the film gets.” El Mundo (Spain) / Full Review (In Spanish)

Goya Awards (Spanish Academy Awards): 9 Nominations Including Best Picture!
Goya Awards (Spanish Academy Awards): Winner: Best Actor (Javier Gutierrez)
San Sebastian International Film Festival: Nominated, Best Film
Toronto International Film Festival: Winner, International Critics’ Award (FIPRESCI)