THE HEIMLICH MANEUVER
Director: Manolo Vázquez
Screenplay: Javier Calvo
Starring: Jacob Torres, Alba Yañez, Jordi Vilches, Marta Torné, Miki Esparbé, Albert Ribalta
Produced by: El niño Melon y Visualsuspects
MALAGA FILM FESTIVAL 2014 (SECTION ZONAZINE)
FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA DE CATALUNYA, SITGES 2014 (SECTION NEW VISIONS)
CINESPAÑA TOULOUSE 2014 (PANORAMA LONGS-MÉTRAGES)
SPANISCHES FILM FESTIVAL BERLIN 2014 (CALEIDOSCOPIOS) 2014
FESTIVAL CINE LATINO - CINE ESPAÑOL STUTTGART 2015
Alex Pareja (Jacob Torres) is a writer who had his biggest success with his first novel, "The Heimlich maneuver" published in 2003. The novel was about the death of his girlfriend, Anna Venturi, who choked with a piece of chicken at a dinner while Alex asked marriage.
Since that first novel none of his work has returned to have the support of critics or public, so 10 years later decided to adapt the novel to a movie.
The film narrates the process of adaptation of the book, problems, difficulties in production and especially the emotional consequences that the project has on Alex Pareja, Lavinia his girlfriend (Alba Yañez) and everyone around him. The film alternates different stories: the day to day of the film adaptation, communication problems between Alex and Jordi Vilches, actor designated to play him; the pain of the recreation of the passages in the book where his ex-girlfriend dies, the tension that Alex suffers with his current partner, performance artist Lavinia G and finally the sexual tension with the lead actress of the film, Marta Torne.
The critics have said...
"An ingenious device, greased with a humor that also intelligent, it is (very) funny. (...) Great movie"
Philipp Engel. Fotogramas.
"Free debut, insidious and sophisticated."
Jordi Costa. El País.
"Get a funny air around that world of "art" and "culture" that raises his voice to say what they did not know.”
Oti R. Marchante. Hoycinema ABC.
"Metalanguage with irony."
Quim Casas. El Periódico de Catalunya.
"The most interesting about the directorial debut of Vazquez is, with no doubt, the format of 'making of' documentary and the false fiction format".
Sergi Sánchez. La Razón.
"At the same time is a wild comedy, a mockumentary and a malicious game of Chinese boxes (...) his praise of excess and their deliberate ugliness are ultimately encouraging."
Carlos Losilla. Time Out.
"One of the main charms of The Heimlich maneuver is going to his own, with a free cadence and without being subjected to any kind of pressure."
Dimas Rodríguez. Butxaca.
"A comedy “must” for film buffs and for those who want to have a good time"
Marta Valverde. LeCool Barcelona.
"An explosive candy for who is named hipster".
Marina Cisa. Videodromo.
"The mockumentary more badass in the history of our cinema".
Suso Aira. Sensacine.