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‘Black Bread’ Director Agusti Villaronga To Direct ‘Purgatory’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Emilio Mayorga Agustí Villaronga, one of the most versatile of higher-profile Spanish auteurs, is attached to direct “Purgatory,” a project which will be presented at Locarno’s Match Me!

Event by Nati Escobar at Spain’s Galápagos Media.“Purgatory” turns on Father Tomás, a scholar of ancient history and biblical theology sent to a remote sanatorium as a penance for his sins.

There, the priest discovers that the small community seems to be entranced by the teachings of a patient.A title to track at Match Me!, a large networking event, “Purgatory” promises a study of the frontiers between faith and superstition, conviction and manipulation.The project will be produced by director-producer Pau Calpe and Nati Escobar at Spain’s Galápagos Media and co-produced by Xavier Crespo at Dacsa Produccions.

Calpe has just directed “Tros,” a Film Factory-sold drama thriller.. Galápagos has been recently involved in the co-production of Icíar Bollaín’s “Yuli.” “When I read the script, what attracted me the most was the indirect exploration of how a sect originates and especially the splits that come from the Catholic Church,” Villaronga told Variety, adding: “I say this with a certain personal implication since I spent 13 years at a Jesuit school.

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