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"Viene una chica" is the second feature-film of spanish director Chema Sarmiento. A tender and original comedy about the entertaining love adventures of Tino, a teenager with Down syndrome. It is the first movie to be produced by IMPROMPTU SL, a new production company based in Leon (Spain).


Original Title (If different): 
VIENE UNA CHICA (Here comes a girl)
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VIENE UNA CHICA (provisional poster)
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January, 2011
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CHEMA SARMIENTO is a Spanish director born in Leon, Spain. Before moving to France to study in Paris, he got a degree in Philosophy at the ‘Angelicum’ Institute, Santander and a master’s degree in History at the University of Valladolid, Spain.
He graduated at the Institut Des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques, Paris (IDHEC) in 1977 and specialized in Directing and Editing.
His first short movie ‘Los montes’ (The mounts) received various awards:
- Grand Prix, Bilbao Film Festival, Spain, 1981
- Prix du Jury, Belfort Film Festival, France, 1981
- Grand Prix, Tours Film Festival, France, 1982
- Prix de la Critique, Lille Film Festival, France, 1982
- Prix du Public, Lille Film Festival, France, 1982
- Prix Antenne, Lille Film Festival, France, 1982
- Prix à la meilleure première œuvre, Lille Film Festival, France, 1982
- Grand Prix, Catllar Film Festival, 1982
‘Los montes’ was selected among out of competitions films at Cannes International Film Festival and was also nominated for best documentary, at CESAR awards in 1983.
His first feature-film ‘El filandon’ (A winter evening), directed in 1985, competed in many festivals (San Sebastian, Valladolid where it was the opening film, etc) and was awarded the Prix du Jury and the Prix du Public at Belfort Film Festival, France, 1986. It was released in commercial theatres in October 1987.
His documentary ‘Dédicacé au vent’ (Dedicated to the wind’) on a remote Celtic part of Spain won an award at the Ethnographic Film Festival, Huesca, Spain, 1989.
He directed several TV documentaries for France Télévisions and Arte:
- ‘Séville, parfum de nards et de narcisses’ (Sevilla, a smell of narcissus and nards), 1992
- ‘Sierra de Ancares’, 1994
- ‘Wolfram, la montage noire’ (Wolfram, the black mountain), 1996
- ‘La Dame Blanche des Pyrénées’ (The White Lady of the Pyrenees), 1998
- ‘Les Cathares’ (the Cathars), 2001
- ‘Mohammed, the life of the Prophet’, a series of 5 theme evenings (52’ each), that ranked among ARTE top 20 hits of year 2002 (all categories).
- ‘Apocalypse et fin du monde’ (Apocalypse and worlds end), 2006
VIENE UNA CHICA is his second feature-film and the first movie to be produced by IMPROMPTU, his own production company based in Leon (Spain).
Chema SARMIENTO teaches Directing, Editing and Screenplay writing at the Fondation Européenne pour les Métiers de l’Image et du Son (FEMIS), Paris. He lives in France and in Spain.

Film director: 
Chema Sarmiento
About the Producer: 
IMPROMPTU SL is a new production company co-founded by Chema Sarmiento and Fabrice Bonniot in Leon (Spain). VIENE UNA CHICA is the first feature-film produced by IMPROMPTU.
Chema Sarmiento and Luis Mateo Diez
Marino Garcia Fernandez
Film photographer: 
Damien Dufresne
Pablo Vega and Maxime Champesme
Maximo Oloriz and Roberto Escribano
Cast 1: 
Borja Gonzalez Carpintero : Tino
Cast 2: 
Javier Martinez : Logio
Cast 3: 
Cristina Marcos : Mina
Cast 4: 
Alberto Cortes : Nestor
Cast 5: 
Felix Cañal : Don Xilo (the stage director)
Film synopsis: 
Meet Tino, the main character in this comedy. He’s 17 and got something that makes him special: Down syndrome. The movie focuses on a critical part of his life and the circonstances under which he discovers love and its little worries. Tino studies at a Down institute in a spanish provincial city. His world revolves around his school mates on one hand and his sister, Licia and her group on the other hand. Not forgetting Baldo, his cousin, always asking him to bear messages in his trials with Elvira. Apart from their regular school activities, the Down students are rehearsing a theater play for year’s end. Tino is doing the main part along with Logio, his best friend. To him Tino confesses his love for Bego, a girl from the institute. Logio strategically recommends to attend the Church’s services that Bego loves in order to get closer to her. Tino implements the “plan” that proves successful. Baldo has to cope with a tough encounter with Elvira’s father and brother where he get beaten up. But not easily intimidated, he decides to elope with his beloved. Tino is being enlisted for the mission. He has to undertake a series of entertaining tests that enables him to step back from love attraction. Nonetheless, his first personal setback with Bego leaves him terribly disappointed. During a service, she refuses to sit beside him and sends him a terrible gaze. Fortunately, the disappointment doesn’t last long. Soon comes a new girl in town who captivates every boy’s attention in the bar where Tino often meets with his sister Licia. Nacho and Cruz, the two lady-killers of the band go crazy for her. To prove that they are irresistible, they bet on who’s going to conquer the “girl in green” (named Carolina). A few days later, while staring inside a cake-shop, Tino sees Carolina approaching in the window’s reflection. They start to chat and Tino gets the feeling he could win the bet initiated by the boys. He’s ready for any sacrifice like eating up cakes with her, spending all his savings, and so on. The affair ends one afternoon as the three candidates are given the same appointment by the girl (who was told about the bet). Each of the boys finds out they’ve been played. But Nacho and Cruz now realize that Tino is a grown-up man. Another day, Tino is walking in the street with Mina, a girl from his class who needs him to help her pick up a birthday gift. At a shop, they notice Logio and Bego passing by, hand in hand. As she observes Tino’s astonishment, Mina tells him that Logio approached Bego to let her know about Tino’s “plan”. Doing so, he could win her friendship and go out with her. The year’s end performance does not turn out as expected: with Logio not being on stage when his turn arrives, the last act seems jeopardized. As the general confusion is growing, Tino improvises a final that allows him to take his revenge on Logio and stir the audience’s warm applause. Tino has gained the confidence to take a fresh look on life.
Budget Range: 
Between $100 000 and $1 Million
Actual Budget: 
500,000 Euros
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VIENE UNA CHICA will be presented at SEMINCI, Valladolid'

VIENE UNA CHICA will be presented at SEMINCI, Valladolid's International Week of Cine on thursday the 27th of october.

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