Is Eugenio Mira's AGNOSIA The Next ORPHANAGE Or PAN'S LABYRINTH? The Teaser Says Yes.
The sales reel for Eugenio Mira's Agnosia was the most impressive thing by far that I saw at the European Film Market back in February and I have been waiting ever since for the chance to share some of these sumptuous images in motion with you, the ScreenAnarchy reader. That chance came today.
The first public teaser for the film was released on the El Paid website today and while we've been promised an English version tomorrow - just as soon as the El Paid exclusive window expires - I just can't wait that long. So here's the Spanish version to tide you over.
What's it about?
Joana Prats suffers from agnosia, a strange neuropsychological illness that affects her perception. Although her eyes and ears are in perfect condition, her brain cannot interpret the stimuli she receives through them.
As the only one who knows the industrial secret left behind by her father, the enigmatic young girl will become the victim of a sinister plan to get the information out of her by taking advantage of her sensory confusion.
As the plot unfolds, the two men closest to her will become crucial to its outcome: Carles, Joana´s fiancé and her father´s right-hand man, and Vicent, a young, impulsive servant working at the Prats mansion.
Yes, I realize that this is only a teaser and that all of the material released so far has focused exclusively on the visuals - they're trying to keep plot details under wraps as long as possible - and a lot can go wrong when moving from a series of pretty pictures to an actual narrative. But that said, the pictures are gorgeous and expectations are correspondingly high. And beyond the pretty pictures, this one has pedigree. Guillermo Del Toro is a very vocal supporter of director Eugenio Mira; Agnosia's writer Antonio Trashorras also wrote Del Toro's The Devil's Backbone; and the producers' other credits include not only The Orphanage and Pan's Labyrinth but also King of the Hill, Agora, Transsiberian, Rabia, Cell 211, Che, and a host of others.