Cesc Gay’s Spanish Comedy “Sentimental” is Getting a Swiss Remake

One of Cesc Gay’s hit films is getting a re-do…

The 55-year-old Spanish film screenwriter and film director’s Goya Awards-nominated film Sentimental will be getting a remake.

Cesc Gay's SentimentalEuro distributor and producer Ascot Elite Entertainment has secured the Swiss remake rights to the successful Spanish comedy, which is also known as The People Upstairs.

The film will feature all German-speaking parts of Europe from Filmax and be known as Die Nachbarn Von Oben, which translates to The People Upstairs.

Written and directed by Gay, the 2020 Spanish original starred Belén Cuesta and Javier Cámara as a couple who spend most of their time arguing decide to invite their upstairs neighbors for dinner despite their differences. As the night goes on, various secrets about the couple come to light.

The Spanish original was nominated for five Goya Award, including Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor. It earned Alberto San Juan the Best Supporting Actor award.

Sabine Boss will direct the film, and will feature Swiss stars Sarah Spale, Max Simonischek, Ursina Lardi and Roeland Wiesnekker in the cast.

The film will be produced by Ascot Elite’s Karin G. Dietrich (CEO), Ralph S. Dietrich (CEO), Stephan Giger (CEO) and Roger Kaufmann (producer). Ascot Elite plans a theatrical release for Switzerland in early 2023.

A German remake produced by Ascot Elite Entertainment is also in the works.

Sabine Boss said: “In this gripping comedy, the situation threatens to escalate when Anna and Thomas have the upstairs neighbors over for dinner and they make them a surprisingly permissive offer. The night becomes a moment of truth – which threatens to tear the couple apart.”

Stephan Giger, CEO of Ascot Elite Entertainment added: “This is an amusing social comedy with a top-class acting ensemble where many will recognize, or rather catch, themselves in the characters and patterns. It is also a great opportunity to position Ascot Elite Entertainment as an ambitious production company and we are very looking forward to finally start shooting the movie.”

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