Monday, 27 February 2017


Palm trees in the Snow (Palmeras en la nieve) is a 2015 Spanish film directed by Fernando González Molina and based on the homonymous novel by Luz Gabás.

This powerful romantic period drama, starring Mario Casas and Adriana Ugarte (The Time in Between), is available on French Region 2 DVD and Blu-Ray from Koba Films since February 1.

1954. Kilian de Rabaltué (Mario Casas) and Jacobo de Rabaltué (Alain Hernández), two brothers, leave their home in the snowy mountains of Huesca, in northern Spain. They must join their father Anton (Emilio Gutiérrez Caba) on the island of Fernando Póo, a Spanish colony (presently Bioko in Equatorial Guinea), in order to work with him on a cocoa plantation. Half a century later in Huesca, Kilian's niece Clarence (Adriana Ugarte) discovers a fragment of an old letter which shows that her aged and declining uncle has been secretly sending money to a family in the island. She decides to travel to the former Spanish Guinea to learn more. 

Published in 2012, Palm trees in the Snow (Palmeras en la nieve) is the first novel of Luz Gabás. The following year, Warner Bros. España announced a movie adaption of the bestseller by director Fernando González Molina and scriptwriter Sergio G. Sánchez, with Mario Casas in the starring role. Molina and Casas previously worked together on Three Steps Above Heaven (Tres metros sobre el cielo, 2010) and its sequel I Want You (Tengo ganas de ti, 2012) (1), the first Hot School (Fuga de cerebros, 2009), and on TV series El Barco (2011-2013) and Los hombres de Paco (2005-2010). 

Sergio G. Sánchez penned The Impossible (Lo imposible, 2012) and The Orphanage (El orfanato, 2007). Set against the mostly unknown backdrop of Spain's colonial history, Palmeras en la nieve alternates between the younger Killian's love story with young black nurse Bisila (Berta Vázquez) and the journey of his niece Clarence into the secrets of her family. Noted for her TV work with The Time in Between (El Tiempo entre Costuras, 2013-2014), Stolen Children (Niños robados, 2013) and The Lady (La Señora, 2008-2010), but also films like Lo contrario al amor (2011), Adriana Ugarte shines as Clarence de Rabaltué. Last year she starred in Pedro Almodóvar's Julieta

Palm trees in the Snow was shot during 13 weeks from 2014 to 2015 in the Canary IslandsColombia, and Huesca. 70 actors, more than 2.200 extras and 250 technicians worked on this €10.000.000 epic production from Nostromo Pictures with Dynamo Producciones, Atresmedia Cine, Telefónica Studios and Warner Bros. España. The rest of the cast includes Macarena Garcia (Julia), French actor Djedje Apali (Young and Beautiful) as Iniko, Daniel Grao (Sin Identidad) as Manuel, Fernando Cayo (Garuz), Celso Bugallo (Older Kilian), Petra Martinez (Older Julia), Luis Callejo (El Barco) as Gregorio, etc. The music was composed by Lucas Vidal.

Distributed by Film Factory Entertainment and released for Christmas 2015 in Spain, Palmeras en la nieve rightfully conquered the local box office (2). In France, the film arrived last year on Netflix. The DVD from Koba contains the 163-minute film in French and Spanish, subtitled or not, plus bonus material (a presentation and an interview with director Fernando González Molina). Three Steps Above Heaven and I Want You are also available on French Region 2 DVD and Blu-Ray from Koba Films.

(1) Based on Italian author Federico Moccia's novels Tre metri sopra il cielo (2004) and Ho voglia di te (2006).
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