It has been eight years since Javier Bardem stepped in front of the camera helmed by a Spanish director. For those of you keeping score at home it was for The Sea Inside by Alejandro Amenabar. Yesterday filming began on the second feature film by Santiago Zannou; Alacran Enamorado, or, literally Scorpion in Love.
Julián is a young, angry Neo-Nazi. Despite being poisoned by hate, there is nobility in his soul. He will discover it in a boxing gym thanks to Carlomonte (Carlos Bardem), an alcoholic and a former boxer who once had it all but lost it. In the gym, Julián will learn to fight with rules. He will slowly empty himself of hate, and learn to love when he meets Alyssa, a young immigrant. Julián will have to take an important decision when his former colleagues (among whom Miguel Ángel Silvestre and Javier Bardem as Solis, the group's ideologue) put him to the test.
We already know that Bardem can do menacing. Very well in fact. His role as Chigurh in No Country for Old Men
was terrifying. And now a Neo-Nazi? I thought Stephen Graham was the current title holder of scary as hell Nazi in Shane Meadows' This is England
. We have a new contender.
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