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Sundance Film Series Feature:
The Other Side of the Bed
By Slushfactory.com


Racy romantic farce meets pop musical in Spain’s box-office smash The Other Side of the Bed (El otro lado de la cama), an effervescent comedy set in modern Madrid. The film follows the intertwining and increasingly complicated love lives of two couples, who give voice to their roiling emotions in spontaneous bursts of song and dance. Award-winning filmmaker Emilio Martínez-Lázaro (What Max Said, His Master’s Voice) directs a delicious cast of acclaimed young performers, including Paz Vega (Talk To Her, Sex and Lucia), Natalia Verbeke (Jump Tomorrow, dot the i), Ernesto Alterio (Deseo aka Beyond Desire) and Guillermo Toledo (Intacto), Alberto San Juan (Insomnio) and María Esteve (Nada en la nevera aka Nothing in the Fridge).

The Other Side of the Bed was one of Spain’s top-grossing movies of 2002 and a great critical success. It received six 2002 Goya Award nominations (the Spanish equivalent of the Academy Award), including Film and Best Director, as well as acting nods for Toledo, San Juan and Esteve. The film also won three awards at the Festival de Malaga Cine Español, including Best Picture, Best Director and Audience Favorite.

In a small Madrid café, Pedro (Guillermo Toledo) tries to convince his girlfriend Paula (Natalia) that her desire to leave him is just a phase. Paula is apologetic, but there is no going back: she has fallen in love with someone else. Stunned and despondent, Pedro seeks comfort from his friends, Javier (Ernesto Alterio) and his girlfriend Sonia (Paz Vega).

What Pedro doesn’t know is that Paula’s new man is none other than Javier, his best buddy and tennis partner. Javier promises Paula that he will soon tell Sonia the truth, but his resolve quickly crumbles. Torn between two beautiful, vibrant women and his oldest friend, Javier scrambles to maintain the status quo through an escalating series of lies and ruses.

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Days pass, and Pedro’s heart is far from healed. His buddies, including Javier and the skirt-chasing Rafa (Alberto San Juan) counsel him to forget Paula, but to no avail. Determined to learn the identity of his rival, Pedro enlists the professional services of Sagaz (Ramón Barea) a crackpot private eye who nurtures some of the strangest conspiracy theories east of the Atlantic. Meanwhile, Javier tries to distract Pedro by fixing him up with Pilar (María Esteve), a nonstop talker and obsessive romantic. While Javier sneaks off with Paula for a romantic weekend, Pedro enlists Sonia’s help in eluding the smitten Pilar. As Sonia reassures the depressed Pedro about his desirability, her sympathy evolves into attraction. The game of musical beds is about to get even more complicated…

Sundance Film Series presents The Other Side of the Bed, directed by Emilio Martínez-Lázaro, written by David Serrano. The producers are Tomás Cimadevilla and José Antonio Sáinz de Vicuña. The director of photography is Juan Molina Temboury, A.E.C., the art director Julio Torrecilla, the film editor Ángel Hernández-Zoido, and the costume designer Inma García. The original music is by Roque Baños and the choreography is by Pedro Berdayes.

The Other Side of the Bed stars Ernesto Alterio, Paz Vega, Guillermo Toledo, Natalia Verbeke, Alberto San Juan, María Esteve, and Ramón Barea.

See the trailer for The Other Side of the Bed and find out when and where it's playing in your area!

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