Gustavo Cosenza has a great project on his hands. This Tico-Guatemalan director plans to accomplish a milestone for Costa Rica: to bring to theaters a sci-fi film, specifically a space drama, made 100% with Costa Rican talent.
It comes to Orbit headIt is a feature film announced this week with the release of its trailer and is scheduled to hit theaters in January 2023.
The production synopsis is as follows: when humanity is evacuated from the planet due to an imminent collision with an asteroid, Manuel is separated from his brother and left behind.
Now he has to survive the last resort space program to save the earth. Completing it successfully is the only hope he has left of reuniting with his brother.
For Cosenza, it is essential to renew the spectrum and vision of the country’s audiovisual creativity Orbit head An opportunity to impress the audience.
“I was always curious to create a different story for the country, and why not say that, do film influenced by the United States, where those stories that are huge and deep are seen,” he says.
Cosenza has been dedicated to audiovisual creation for a decade from his production company, Inventaria, with which he services clients, but this will be his feature film debut. “It was actually a leap of faith because from the script you can see a certain complexity. We just jumped into the water and I feel like we hit a good harbour,” he says.
Among the influences he used for the tone and aesthetics of Orbita Prima, Cosenza is not afraid to point out works such as gravity (2013), by Alfonso Cuaron; Interstellar (2011), written by Christopher Nolan; And the Start (2010), also by Nolan.
“I think the project will surprise, there is a lot of action, a lot of dynamics. It will break a lot from what has been done because it is also a very intimate and emotional story,” he assures.
The cast consists of Melvin Jimenez as Manuel, Fernando Bolaños as Javier, Nolia Campos as Natalia, André Ramírez as “The Creator” and Monserrate Montero as “The Creator”.
The tape was filmed over 21 days in 2019 and recorded in Belén, Estrelos Ouest and Tarcoles. Plus, there was painstaking post-production work, since it’s a sci-fi movie, 672 visual effects shots were worked on for 16 months. Seven people were responsible for this operation.
“The process was one of the most interesting and complex challenges because we have limited resources being an independent film, but the result was quality. We are very excited.”
Orbit head It is scheduled to premiere on January 19, 2023 in theaters in Costa Rica and will be distributed by Cinépolis.