The crew of the feature La Próxima Piel leaves the Pyrenees of Huesca after a five week long shooting in its beautiful locations. The Valley of Tena has been the natural choice for this new work of Isaki Lacuesta, already winner of the Concha de Oro in San Sebastian for Los Pasos Dobles. This spanish and swiss co-production, orchestrated by Corte y Confección de Películas, benefits of the talent of renowned actors like Emma Suarez, Sergi Lopez, Bruno Todeschini and Alex Monner.
The story in La próxima piel is about Gabriel, a teenager who comes back home after being missing for six years and beeing supposed dead by everyone. The young man starts a new life with his family, but the mystery of his disappereance marks his relationships. Slowly his mother begins to question who this person really is.
The plot is set to make a thriller film, but looking for a human and close approach. For Isaki Lacuesta these concepts should thoroughly be supported by the choice of the locations, thinking about them not only as a context but rather as a psychological extension of the characters. Therefore looking for a place with the right geographic and climatological features has been one of the first challenges during the pre-production phase. For this purpose Isaki and his team made a couple trips through Catalonia and the north of Spain, ending the research in Huesca, in Aragon. During their staying in this province they visited many spots in the Pyrenees among which Sallent de Gállego. "We finally found what we were looking for. We also discovered that this place was going to give us something important: the shooting's pace would follow the changes in the mountain's winter weather, creating variations in the mood." says Isaki, adding that he now believes that the film couldn't have been shot anywhere else. He found in the Valley of Tena that "physical" feeling he wanted to bring to the film, steep and snowy landscapes, small villages surrounded by nature, a wild countryside, but also the availability of convenient services and infrastructure. The film has been shot in sallent de Gállego, Formigal and its ski station, the Portalet, Sabiñánigo, Escarra and many wild spots of the valley.
The province of Huesca has supported this production through the help and advise from Huesca Film Office and the film department of TuHuesca (the society of tourist promotion for the province of Huesca), Huesca la Magia del Cine. In the Valley of Tena the inhabitants (50 of them worked as extras) and the local government of Sallent de Gállego, the region council, the ski station of Formigal and many local service providers among others, have adopted a quite collaborative and enthusiastic spirit.
The film is financed by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the Catalonian Institute of Cultural Enterprises, the Catalonian Television TV3, Eurimages and the Swiss Television.