Joaquin Phoenix, heartthrob Hollywood actor, has been filming in Spain for the new Western, “The Sisters Brothers” which is due for release in Spain today (Sept 26), although it is already available in other areas.
Parts of the movie were filmed mainly in the Tabernas Desert of Almería – a popular location for Western movie filming, but most scenes were filmed in Zaragoza and Navarra in northern Spain.
Set in the 1850s, the movie tells the story of a gold prospector who is chased by an infamous duo of assassins, the Sisters Brothers.
The film also stars such superb actors as Riz Ahmed (Four Lions, The OA, The Night Of), Jake Gyllenhall (Brokeback Mountain, Nightcrawler, Donnie Darko), John C. Reilly and Rutger Hauer.
Executive producer, Fernando Victoria de Lecea, said in an interview with KFTV, “When people think of Spain and a Western, automatically everyone imagines Almeria and the Tabernas Desert. But a Western is not only desert. In this case there were mountains, forests, rivers, plains [and] valleys – that’s why we also went to the north of Spain, the area of the Pyrenees.”
The film has already nabbed “The People’s Choice Award” at the Toronto Film Festival, while also winning the “Silver Lion; Best Director” for Jacques Audiard and nominated for the “Golden Lion: Best Film” at the Venice Film Festival.
Plot summary: Based on a novel by Patrick DeWitt’s , The Sisters Brothers revolves around Hermann Kermit Warm, a gold prospector who is being chased for more than 1000 miles of desert from Oregon to San Francisco. The chase is being led by notorious assassins and brothers, Eli and Charlie Sisters. However, Eli is having some problems of his own and beginning to wonder about his career choices. and beginning to doubt the longevity of his chosen career. Hermann may well have the solution.
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