CHASING
WONDERS

Our greatest journeys can lead us home

antonio de la torre

paz vega

Quim Gutiérrez

jessica marais

francesc orella

jarin towney

Introducing

MICHAEL CRISAFULLI

With

carmen maura and edward james olmos

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Filmed over five years, Chasing Wonders is a heart-warming story of a young boy, who, encouraged by his grandfather to live a life of hope and possibility, takes off on the adventure of a lifetime to find the magical Emu Plains. His journey through the lush landscapes of Australia and Spain leads him to the heart of the human condition – learning to acknowledge the complexity of what comes before us but struggling not to be defined by the past.

Cast

Antonio de la Torre

as FELIPE

Award-winning Spanish actor Antonio de la Torre is best known for his work with director Pedro Almodóvar…

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Antonio de la Torre

Award-winning Spanish actor Antonio de la Torre is best known for his work with director Pedro Almodóvar including I’M SO EXCITED! (2013) and VOLVER (2006). Antonio has more than 70 nominations and 30 awards for his performances, including Best Actor Awards at: Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain (2013), Spanish Actors Union Awards (2019), Turia Awards (2011), Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival (2009) and Toulouse Cinespaña (2006).

Paz Vega

as ADRIANNA

Spanish actress Paz Vega is a screen legend known for SEX AND LUCIA (2001), SPANGLISH (2004) and…

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Paz Vega

Spanish actress Paz Vega is a screen legend known for SEX AND LUCIA (2001), SPANGLISH (2004) and as Maria Callas in GRACE OF MONACO (2014). Recently seen in RAMBO: LAST BLOOD (2019) and ACTS OF VENGEANCE (2017) with Antonio Banderas. Paz has been nominated for many international awards, winning Copard Trophy at Cannes Film Festival, and Best Actress Awards at the Goya Awards, Ondas Awards, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards and Sant Jordi Awards.

Quim Gutiérrez

as GOYO

Quim Gutiérrez is credited for work on over 300 television episodes. However, it was his role of “Jorge” in…

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Quim Gutiérrez

Quim Gutiérrez is credited for work on over 300 television episodes. However, it was his role of “Jorge” in award-winning feature AZULOSCUROCASINEGRO (DARK BLUE ALMOST BLACK) that shifted him into feature films. Quim has been nominated for over ten awards including winning Best Actor at the renowned Goya Awards. Recent credits include: ADVANTAGES OF TRAVELLING BY TRAIN, JUNGLE CRUISE, LITUS, TE QUIERO, IMBECIL, MOTHER’S LOVE and Netflix THE NEIGHBOR.

Jessica Marais

as JANINE

Much-loved Australian actress Jessica Marais rose to fame as Rachel Rafter on the hit TV show …

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Jessica Marais

Much-loved Australian actress Jessica Marais rose to fame as Rachel Rafter on the hit TV show PACKED TO THE RAFTERS, winning Logie Awards for Most Outstanding and Most Popular New Talent. Heading to Miami, Jessica filmed two seasons of the US drama MAGIC CITY. Her work includes films: TWO FISTS, ONE HEART and NEEDLE; and acclaimed TV shows: LOVE CHILD, CARLOTTA and LEGEND OF THE SEEKER, and THE WRONG GIRL for which Jessica won the Best Actress Logie Award.

Michael Crisafulli

as SAVINO

Introducing Michael Crisafulli in his first major acting role playing “Savino” as both a 12-year-old and as a …

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Michael Crisafulli​

Introducing Michael Crisafulli in his first major acting role playing “Savino” as both a 12-year-old and as a teenager. Michael joined the cast when initial filming took place in the Barossa Valley, Australia. He then reprised the role some years later, travelling to the vineyards of Spain to complete his character’s journey, playing a teenage back-packer on a journey to learn about his family history.

Francesc Orella

as COSME

Francesc Orella is a film, television and theatre actor who rose to international fame in 2015 playing the…

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Francesc Orella​

Francesc Orella is a film, television and theatre actor who rose to international fame in 2015 playing the starring role as a philosophy professor in the TVC series MERLI. Recent film credits include MIRAGE (2018), THE INVISIBLE GUARDIAN (2016) and THE BARCELONA VAMPIRESS (2020). Francesc won a Max award for Best Actor for his role in AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE (2008).

Carmen Maura

as MARIBEL

Carmen Maura is one of the most recognized Spanish actresses in the world. She has appeared in films…

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Carmen Maura​

Carmen Maura is one of the most recognized Spanish actresses in the world. She has appeared in films including ‘VOLVER’, ‘LA COMUNIDAD’, ‘AY CARMELA’, ‘QUÉ HE HECHO YO PARA MERCER ESTO’ and ‘WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN’. She is a multi-award winner, including Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for the movie ‘VOLVER’ (2006); the Cesar award for Best Actress in 2012 for ‘LES FEMMES DU 6E ETAGE’; the prestigious Concha de Plata for Best Actress; and Premio Donostia at the San Sebastian Film in 2013, where she became the first woman to win the award.

Edward James Olmos

as LUIS

Oscar nominated for his role in STAND AND DELIVER, actor Edward James Olmos has over 130 acting credits…

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Edward James Olmos​

Oscar nominated for his role in STAND AND DELIVER, actor Edward James Olmos has over 130 acting credits, and was given a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 1992. He’s won many awards, including Golden Globes, Primetime Emmy Awards, Directors Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild Awards, and is recognised internationally for his long-running role of ‘William Adama’ in BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. Edward plays the pivotal role of ‘Luis’ in CHASING WONDERS, and in mid-2020 recorded the film’s narration, which brings together Savino’s journey from boy to young man.

Writer

Judy Morris

Judy Morris works internationally as an actress, writer and director. She co-wrote and co-directed Oscar-winning HAPPY FEET, which also won Best Animated Feature BAFTA Awards. Judy wrote the screenplay for the multi-award-winning feature THE EYE OF THE STORM, for which she won the Film Critics Circle Award.

Numerous other credits include writer on Hallmark USA’S DINOTOPIA; MEERKAT MANOR MOVIE: THE STORY BEGINS; Co-writer on BABE: PIG IN THE CITY and various projects for the BBC including THE CHASE and THE HOGGS.
Judy also directed the comedy LUIGI’S LADIES, which was selected in competition for The American Film Institute Cinetex Comedy Awards and was Musical Director on the film THE GODDESS (she co-composed songs, and also directed musical production of the songs and directed the dance sequences.)

Judy’s many acting credits include PHAR LAP, RAZORBACK, THE PICTURE SHOW MAN, IN SEARCH OF ANNA and THE MORE THINGS CHANGE.

Producers

Hilton Nathanson

Anna Vincent

Louise Nathanson

Stewart Le Marechal

Anna Mohr-Pietsch

Executive Producers

Timothy White

Jonny Persey

Reviews

“Makes for one of the best first-watches of 2021.”
-Hollywood Insider
“Paz Vega and Carmen Maura, both stalwarts of Spanish cinema, and they’re a pleasure to spend time with.”
-NEW YORK TIMES
"Nothing less than gorgeous"
-Film Ink
"A heartwarming story about the revelations of growing up"
-Firstshowing.net
“A beautifully made movie with some wonderful cinematography”
-Geek Tyrant
“Balanced perfectly by the cinematographer, Denson Baker; the viewer can't help but become connected to the visual story.”
-Featuring Film
“Chasing Wonders is a powerful watch.”
-AIPT
“Outstanding performances throughout the cast and film are certainly memorable.”
-Punch Drunk Critics
“Striking visuals, smooth transitions, and the wisdom that it’s never too late to seek or extend forgiveness all combine to deliver a beautiful viewing experience.”
-Film Festival Today
“Director Paul Mein's exquisite vision of Screenwriter Judy Morris's story stirs our senses. Each scene has value.”
-Featuring Film

“We were passionate about telling the story of Chasing Wonders because, like so many others, we have witnessed how much precious time we can waste blaming our parents for our circumstances, whilst never acknowledging the challenges they may have faced.

We can learn that we are not them, that they are not to blame for our limiting beliefs, and that we can choose to be true to ourselves. This goes to the heart of the incredible work of the Hoffman Institute, which inspired Chasing Wonders and helps people address the challenges of their childhood conditioning so they can achieve their true potential.  We are proud to be supporting their efforts.

We hope people will come away from the film thinking about their parents, about the challenges of parenting and about the complex path to understanding and ultimate acceptance”.

-HILTON and Louise Nathanson, PRODUCERS

Inspired By

In recognition of the role that the Hoffman Institute played in inspiring Chasing Wonders, part of the proceeds from the film will provide ongoing support for the Hoffman Bursary Fund.

The Hoffman Podcast with Hilton Nathanson

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