By Humphrey Carter

PALMA
THE first blockbuster feature film to be set and filmed in Majorca in recent years, “The Kovak Box”, hits the big screens this weekend.
The thriller, written and directed by Majorcan Daniel Monzon, stars Timothy Hutton, veteran Irish actor David Kelly and leading Spanish actress Lucia Jimenez, was shot in Majorca during Easter 2005 and was filmed in English.

Monzon presented his third feature film in Madrid yesterday and all of the cast, apart from Hutton who is filming, were present. The film goes on release at 180 cinemas across Spain this Friday and then across the world.

WHY DO PEOPLE

WANT TO KILL
THEMSELVES?
With a six million euro budget, much of the film, in particular the action, was set and filmed on location in Majorca where the lead character, a science fiction author called David (Timothy Hutton) has come with his girlfriend Jane to attend and address a conference.

On the night of their arrival, David receives a mysterious DVD and Jane an equally odd telephone call. A perfect opportunity for David to mix business with pleasure on the island quickly changes to tragedy when Jane suddenly commits suicide.

A passenger on the same flight to Majorca as David, Sylvia (Lucia Jimenez) receives the same mysterious call the following day and, before she knows it, ends up in hospital.

Sylvia and David eventually cross paths and they set about trying to find out what is going on, what is making people want to commit suicide and why is David's debut novel “Gloomy Sunday” of such importance? David soon learns that the only person who can stop all the madness is himself - but only by playing along with a deadly game.

Monzon said in Madrid yesterday that his film deals with human manipulation and this dark thriller is about a mad scientist who creates the perfect weapon, a song entitled the same as David's debut novel, which drives people to kill themselves.

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