Mariela Besuievsky

Source: Tornasol

Mariela Besuievsky

Need to know: Launched back in 1987, Tornasol is a veteran Spanish indie with a list of high-profile features to its name. It has co-produced several Ken Loach films, including Palme d’Or winner The Wind That Shakes The Barley, as well as Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which closed Cannes in 2018. It was behind Argentinian director Juan Jose Campanella’s The Secret In Their Eyes, winner of the best foreign-language film Oscar in 2010. That same year A Sad Trumpet Ballad (aka The Last Circus) won the Silver Lion and best screenplay award for Alex de la Iglesia at Venice. Tornasol later returned to Venice in 2018 with Alvaro Brechner’s A Twelve-Year Night, a Spain-Argentina-France-­Uruguay co-production — proof of their sustained interest in talent, topics and co-productions with Latin America and Europe. The company works with established filmmakers and new talents, and across genres, from riskier auteur films to mainstream comedies. It is also active in TV series on shows including Four Seasons In Havana and Ana Tramel El Juego.

Key personnel: Gerardo Herrero and Javier Lopez Blanco, founders and partners; Mariela Besuievsky, partner.

Incoming: Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde’s The Dinner Guest; Daniela Fejerman’s Mama No Enredes; Alfonso Albacete’s La Novia De America; and Gerardo Herrero’s Bajo Terapia. Felix Viscarret’s Staring At Strangers, based on the novel by Juan Jose Millas, is also completed. Scheduled to shoot this year are Daniela Fejerman and Elvira Lindo’s Alguien Que Cuide De Mi, Belen Macias’s Verano En Rojo and Simon Casal’s Artificial Justice.

Mariela Besuievsky says: “One of the biggest challenges for independent producers nowadays is to develop ambitious projects and keep the links with the talent they helped to spotlight.”