After the mysterious death of her ex-boyfriend, a radio presenter is troubled by the paranormal. Villaronga was brought in as the director and gave this pleasantly creepy film – with an astounding opening and a horror-fan approved ending – his own contrary twist.
Villaronga’s second stint as a director-for-hire. It was the film’s star, María Barranco, who did the recruiting, even allowing him a say in the screenplay. Which shows! 99.9 might be more of a straight-shooting thrills-and-shocks, sex-and-violence genre exercise than his other classification-defying masterpieces, but it’s nevertheless very much a Villaronga film. Not to mention a mighty fun one at that. The story is loosely based on a well-documented true event, the Bélmez Faces. On August 23rd 1971, pale faces appeared in the cement floor of 5 calle Real, in the Andalusian backwater of Bélmez de la Moraleda. In this version, Lara, the hostess of a radio show dealing in the paranormal, encounters similar happenings – and worse – which seem to be connected with the strange death of her former lover Victor. Here’s a hint: turn the title’s numbers upside down… –Rotterdam
He has been active as a director, screenwriter and actor since 1976. His oeuvre consists of four short films, five fiction films, two television films, two documentaries and two episodes for Spanish television series. Villaronga’s impressive full-length film debut Tras el cristal (1987) is still seen as a controversial work. He has also made strong films with a surreal edge, such as El nino de la luna (with a soundtrack by Dead Can Dance and a lead role for the band’s singer Lisa Gerrard, 1989), El mar (2000) and Aro Tolbukhin. En la mente del asesino (2002), all of which are bringing increasing international recognition for Villaronga’s work. His new film Pa negre (2010) had its premiere in competition at the San Sebastian film festival, and won a Silver Shell for actress Nora Navas. –Rotterdam