The film 'The Cockroach', shot in Ubrique, premieres on
On Saturday, September 1, 2012 the premiere of “The
Cockroach” will be shown at the IES. Maestro Francisco Fatou's short film “El
Cucaracha”, which was shot in April in various areas involving Ubrique
neighbors as extras and supporting actors, according to the City Council’swebsite. 15 minutes long, it was prepared by
the production company Filasexta Productions and as a modern day the western,
which tells the story of "Cockroach", starring Antonio Pica Jerez, a
man who despite the times, is caught up in the role of an American cowboy
seeking treasure in a small town in southern Spain. Directed by Manuel Ruiz and
produced by the team of Filasexta, this project has the support of more than 63
companies, including CNG or Jerez Casting Film Commission and institutions such
as the City of Ubrique.
El Cucaracha – Spanish title
The Cockroach – English title
A 2012 Spanish production [Filasexta Producciones
Anselmo ‘Cockroach’ Galera - Antonio Pica (Antonio Serrano)
With: Nando Tolero, Dioni Torres, Paco Enterría, Juan
Manuel Suárez, David Sánchez, Benjamín Amores
"Cockroach" is a man who despite the times, is
caught up in the role of an American cowboy seeking treasure in a small town in
southern Spain. He establishes a friendship with Francisco, a townsman who
shows a particular interest in the old cowboy, while his past and trying to
chase him derails all reality.
“El Cucaracha” premiers tomorrow September 1, 2012 in
Ubrique, Andalusia, Spain
August 30, 2012 theater actor Igor Kvasha passes away.
Russian stage, radio, film and TV actor Igor Kvasha died
in Moscow today August 30, 2012 at the age of 79.
Igor Kvasha was born in Moscow on February 3, 1933, the
son of scientist Vladimir Ilich Kvasha, who worked at a faculty at the
Mendeleev Russian University of Chemistry and Technology. His mother, a
teacher, worked in schools for the mentally disabled.
Kvasha graduated from the Moscow Art Theater School,
where he was taught by Aleksander Karev. After graduation he joined the Moscow
Art Theater troupe and performed there for two years (1955-1957). In 1957 he
started work at the newly-established Sovremennik Theater, where he remained.
Igor appeared as the pastor in his only Euro-western "The Man from Boulevard Capucines" (1987).
Recently, the talented actor became a host for a
remarkable TV talk show of the Russian TV First Channel “Zhdi menya” (“Wait for
Me Russia”). Kvasha himself acknowledges that he has got where he is by
accident. But he still had such vision an an open minded, spiritual man that he
became the host of the show.
He was awarded the Order "For Services to the
Fatherland" III degree (2006) for outstanding contribution to the
development of theatre and many years of creative activity
Kvasha is survived by his wife, son and two grandchildren.
Cinematography: Mario Vulpiani, Silvio Fraschetti
Music: Riz Ortolani (Riziero Ortolani)
Running time: 108 minutes
Luke – Luke Askew (Francis Askew)
Lieutenant Hernandez – Luigi Pistilli
Dolores – Chelo Alonzo (Alicia Garcia)
Manuel – Luciano Casamonica
Pancho – Benito Stefanelli
Ignacio – Giancarlo Badessi
Maria – Magda Konopka
Antonio Pancaldo – William Bogart (Guglielmo Spoletini)
Luciano – Franco Balducci
Ignazio’s wife – Monica Miguel
Sacristan – Franco Valobra
Barman – Alfonso Giganti
With: Liliana Pavlovic (Liliana Pavlo), Bruno Boschetti,
Paola Natale, Clara Colosimo (Alessandro Panaro)
Don Venustiano, the mayor of a small Mexican village,
with the innkeeper Ignacio, and a prostitute named Jesus Maria Dolores, have
joined forces to get the little orphan Manuel, hoping to collect, the ten
thousand dollars that his father left him for an inheritance. Lieutenant Hernandez,
the local police chief, however, discovers their plan - which is to kill the
child - and has asked for and received by threatening their lives, a part in
the deal. Hernandez convinces the bandit Antonio Pancaldo to hire him in
exchange for five hundred pesos; a hit man who once has performed the task
should be hanged, not to arouse suspicion. The hit man is a gringo named Luke,
who has been reduced to an abject drunk for killing his son during a stupid
challenge. Arriving at the village, Luke, rejected by all, is befriended by
Manuel, who lives with a woman, Mary, who has always cared for him. Gradually
Luke takes a liking to Manuel and when he discovers that he is the person he’s
been hired to kill, not only refuses to commit the crime, but assumes the
protection of the child. Don Venustiano is found dead - hanged by the Hernandez
- Dolores is found murdered. Luke manages to rescue Manuel from the hands of
Ignacio and finally faces Lieutenant Hernandez, killing him.
Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1946 I have a BA degree in American History from Cal St. Northridge. I've been researching the American West and western films since the early 1980s and visiting filming sites in Spain and the U.S.A. Elected a member of the Spaghetti Western Hall of Fame 2010.