The French international sales agent has added to its line-up the feature debut by Spanish director José Luis Montesinos, which will have its world premiere at Sitges

Reel Suspects pins its hopes on Ropes

Faithful to an editorial line focused on “elevated genre,” French sales agent Reel Suspects, led by Matteo Lovadina, begins sales on Ropes [+] from Spanish director José Luis Montesinos, which will have its world premiere in competition at the Sitges Fantastic Film Festival ( 3-13 October).

Recognised for his short films, such as El corredor (winner among others of the Goya 2016), Matagatos (2010) and La historia de siempre (2009), which won 132 prize worldwide, José Luis Montesinos has made his feature debut based on a script co-written with Iakes Blesa, and a cast including Paula del Río (Retribution [+], Gun City [+]) and Miguel Ángel Jenner, with the Swiss Marc Zumbach as director of photography.

The story of Ropes centres on Elena, a young quadriplegic woman who is grieving her recently deceased sister and has moved into a country house with her father. There, she is helped by Athos, a Belgian sheepdog especially trained to help her. But the creature, who is supposed to be her best friend, has contracted a strange disease… and turns into her worst enemy.

Ropes was produced by Arturo Méndiz (Bastian Films) and Carles Pastor (Gaia Audiovisuals) with Súbete al tren AIE, and the support of the ICAA, the IVAC and the participation of TV3.

The Reel Suspects line-up also includes, among other titles, Invisible [+] from Lithuanian director Ignas Jonynas (well-received in the New Directors competition of the recent San Sebastian Film Festival) and the Polish film in post-production I Am REN (the feature debut of Piotr Ryczko, who has adapted his own novel, Panacea).