Spain, France


"Would you like me to tell you about my life?"
Editor Helga Pato is approached with this disconcerting question during a train journey. Her seatmate turns out to be Ángel Sanagustín, a psychiatrist who is specialised in personality disorders.
During the trip, Ángel tells her the sordid and delirious story of the worst clinical case he has ever faced: Martín Urales de Úbeda, an extremely dangerous and paranoid patient obsessed with garbage, amongst many other things, as an instrument of control.
This fortuitous encounter will irremediably mark the future of Helga Pato and all the other characters involved in a series of unpredictable plots that overlap, layer after layer, until they reach a delirious climax.

Director's Statement

ADVANTAGES OF TRAVELLING BY TRAIN is a dream come true. Not only for the debut itself, but also for doing it this way, adapting one of my favourite novels. An absolute film madness. Good luck trying to classify it.
The shooting was a lot of fun (I imagine like any other), but I think especially in this case. The script is so original that the visual proposal had to live up to it, and it has turned out to be a constant creative challenge, in the style of "who gives more."
It has been a privilege to work with this technical team, they are the best, and many of them are also friends. Besides, in my best dreams, I wouldn't have thought of having a cast like this in my first film, well, or any other. The experience has been incredible, and I am enormously grateful for the commitment and generosity shown by the technical and artistic teams.

Director's Biography

Director Aritz Moreno is one of the rising stars of Spanish cinema, as Variety pointed out in the list of 10 emerging talents at the Cannes Film Festival 2013.
Born in San Sebastian, he began his professional career working in television. His first short film, PORTAL MORTAL, was selected in about 90 national and international festivals and won 23 awards. Since then, he has made short films, video clips and has worked for clients such as Donostiakultura, Festival de San Sebastián, Filmoteca Vasca, and Dbus.
Three of his works have been selected by the prestigious Kimuak catalogue and have won important prizes.
His latest short, CÓLERA, starring Luis Tosar, has been selected in more than 300 festivals around the world, including the Austin Film Festival, London BFI and the Sitges Festival, and has been awarded the venerable Staff Pick badge in Vimeo.
ADVANTAGES OF TRAVELLING BY TRAIN is Aritz Moreno's first feature film. A project in which he has been involved for more than six years.

2013 CÓLERA, short
2011 BUCLE, short
2010 ¿POR QUÉ TE VAS?, short
2009 COTTON CANDY, short
2004 PORTAL MORTAL, short

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Aritz Moreno

Written by: Javier Gullón

Produced by: Merry Colomer, Leire Apellaniz, Juan Gordon

Cinematography: Javier Agirre Erauso

Editing: Raúl López

Production Design: Mikel Serrano

Costume Design: Virginie Alba

Make-Up & Hair: Karmele Soler, Olga Cruz

Original Score: Cristobal Tapia de Veer

Sound: Alazne Ameztoy, Carla Silván, Laure Arto

Visual Effects: Céline Goriot

Cast: Luis Tosar (Martín Urales de Úbeda), Pilar Castro (Helga Pato), Ernesto Alterio (Ángel Sanagustín), Quim Gutiérrez (Emilio), Belén Cuesta (Amelia Urales de Úbeda)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Comedy 2020