THE ILLEGAL WOMAN

LA DONA IL·LEGAL

By Ramon TERMENS

SEGARRA FILMS - as PROD

Social issues - Pre-Production 2018


    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Social issues, Drama
    • Countries
    • SPAIN, CZECH REPUBLIC
    • Director(s)
    • Ramon TERMENS
    • Writer(s)
    • Daniel FARALDO, Ramon TÉRMENS
    • Producer(s)
    • Ramon TÉRMENS (Segarra Films), Jan MACOLA (Mimesis Film)
    • Synopsis
    • In a time of mass exoduses, huge numbers of immigrants arrive in Spain. One of the hubs where their new lives begin is Lleida. A lively, dynamic city, with no shortage of opportunities for those who are prepared to seek them out. But where there is light, there is also darkness. And it is under the cover of night that we see this city’s other side. In the darkness shine the neon lights of the brothels, places where the weak have no choice but to submit to the will of the strong.
      But as a champion of the weak, we have Fernando (55), a lawyer who works helping immigrants with their residence papers. Every day Fernando witnesses the abuse suffered by immigrants like Bakary, a man who is serving a sentence for more crimes than he has committed. In parallel, we have Juliet (25), a Nigerian girl who wanted a better life for herself and her family somewhere far from the terror of Boko Haram. But all she found was a human trafficking gang, which brought her to Catalonia in exchange for an inflated price that she could only repay by working as a prostitute. Their paths cross when Juliet goes to Fernando to obtain her residence permit and Fernando falls hopelessly in love with her.
      Fernando is pushed closer and closer to the edge by what he sees happening to his clients, until he finally explodes when Bakary dies in prison. Meanwhile Juliet realizes that the gang will never let her go because she is crucial part of an underhand deal between the owner of the brothel where she works, Jordi Puigmartí (50), and a corrupt police officer, Oriol Cadenas (45). Reaching a point of no return, Fernando and Juliet decide to take a stand and take the whole gang to court, while the sexual tension between them continues to intensify.
      But Juliet cannot continue this relationship knowing that she would break up Fernando’s family – he is married with children – the same family that has given her a home and protected her from the gang until the case comes to court. So she decides to run, unaware that what fate has in store for her is much worse than the gang and her own fears: the immigrant detention centre, where psychological, physical and sexual abuse is the order of the day.
      Will Fernando be able to get Juliet out of the detention centre and prevent her being deported? Will the gang finally be convicted of human trafficking? Will Fernando be able to leave his wife and children for his love for Juliet? Will Juliet finally have her own life, outside the circle of sexual and mental slavery to which she has always been subjected?
    • Partners & financing
    • We'll be at Cannes 2018 looking for coproducers, we have almost all the budget covered but we will like to have another European production company involved.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Sep 30, 2018
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