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'Guernica': Why not?
IVáN REGUERA | Posted:06.04.2015 8:31 on Cuartopoder
A MORNING IN THE FILMING OF MOVIE HEADING KOLDO SERRA
Clapper 'Guernica'. / David Herranz
Carlos Clavijo is one of the producers of Gernika . It is he who invites me to visit, to cuartopoder.es , the September shooting of his film carefully, epic and romantic film about the bombing of the Basque town. The weather in Bilbao threat with some rain, but when the soil is dry. We were in the Plaza Nueva, properly set up for the occasion: modern elements camouflaged trench coats, grab bars wines and pintxos converted into shops of the period, extras dressed militia ... Some parishioners have complained that the production have Athletic removed the flag from some balconies. Bilbao King's Cup is played and these things give bad luck. Peliculeros cursed.
Clavijo, screenwriter and attentive to every detail of the conference producer, tells me while sipping an orange juice freshly squeezed, how the project came Gernika . It was three years ago when he and Jose Alba (Sin Films) travel to the United States on a scholarship. There on the ground, check and study how Americans produce independent. The first thing that surprised them, he tells me, is to open with the Americans, "that thing without bias, that feeling that things are possible, that can do optimism. Have an idea? Why not? That way you work, that culture where things are possible. I do not speak of the brutal American They Shoot Horses, Do or ruthless capitalism, but America got there and able to do what you dream, what you are persecuting. Big studios do many junk have 40,000 workers who have to feed, but the 'Why not?' It exists. It was not wise to make a movie about the bombing of Gernika, but the man would not fly if he thought whether it was wise or not. It's crazy? You can, but the movie is coming out. "
The day passes with the monotony of cinema. Like any filming, of Gernika is slow and boring to an observer, extras and crew waiting, electrical placing blocks of wood with the tracks of a traveling or arming its solid tripod on a reflective screen, the cinematographer preparing the shot with camera equipment, apparel woman supervising the hairstyles for these shots ...
Clavijo relates how during his meetings in the United States, one of the writers, Barney Cohen, so I struggled in the world of American television, he said he wanted to do something about the mythical Gernika bombing because his mother had a boyfriend who was a militiaman who was killed. The woman always talked about that boyfriend and he fascinated him. In addition, its co-producer, Daniel Marc, had his grandparents in a concentration camp north of France and Jose Alba, the third producer and Malaga, he had always been fascinated by the history of Gernika ... began to find connections, to give birth to ideas, they came to write a treatment and slowly came up the script.
The team of Gernika is rolling in the Bilbaina Society, a very symbolic place of Bilbao, a perfect location for a period film. Building with more than a hundred years, it was for decades enclave for most people fetén area. Alba tells me that thought to do a film about Gernika could work very well because it's a page from the well-known story. " Gernika is not a film about the Civil War, has a more international approach. It is a film about a pre WWII. It is a stage of pre Cold War with Germany trying to intimidate England, with the United States playing with the information also ... In Spanish cinema there was nothing we like and seduced. Picasso's painting also is known internationally and made the film and had at least a name ".
Clavijo agrees that more than a flick of the Civil War, is a film about World War II that starts in Gernika. "It's not a movie ideological discourse, the view is to some foreigners who go to a country at war, no matter if Spain or Indochina. I am a foreigner , I have had this war and I am in Spain as it might be elsewhere. We are not speaking of good and bad, the view is that of an outsider who lives a war. And the time still allowed us to talk about current issues such as press censorship, the rise of the media, everything that happens in the thirties. Is Robert Capa, technical changes in cameras, the hardness close to the camera, the most lurid covers, how to distribute the information, advertising, signage, media war ... We decided to tell the story of a He burned their profession journalist, something that happens today to many. The protagonist of Gernika is a mixture of several royal correspondents, a guy who has to go through a censorship office that accepts or not their stories. And from there a love story is articulated: the censor and press officer (Maria Valverde) know you, you've read their books, admired ... but you have to whore ".
Carlos, Juan and Daniel, the three producers began looking for money to Gernika and came to bring about a co-production with Belgium and Germany, but funding is vaporized by administrative issues and lack of confidence in Spain. Clavijo tells me: "When the crisis was at its peak, one of the potential co-producers called us because she had seen the cover of the New York Times with people looking for food in the garbage. Think about it. Lees news of corruption and a crappy country, me as producer does not know me, they ask who we are, what country is this .... We called on a Saturday, they said they had seen people digging in the trash and did not get into a co-production in Spain. Beware of jokes we do with the crisis because there are people outside who are watching this country is a mess and that the deadly ".
Mediapro Studios Bucharest, Romania. Studio in Bucharest, Romania, where he was on the verge of shooting the film. / Carlos Clavijo
The truth is that Carlos, Juan and Daniel had zero chance of making Gernika : another period film, war, not much money, crisis in Spain ... And in the end not only have raised the film, but have also managed to enter anything Unless Sony as a distributor worldwide. Clavijo said that came "to see what was being achieved gradually, with the script, photos, locations, actors, director selected ... The movie is going to look, and that gives security. We also have Canal Sur and Euskaltel behind. And tax deductions in the Basque Country. " Along the way, three years, has been hard and long. "Lifting a movie that's a pain, sleepless nights, to convince many people with a solid script. It is extremely difficult to square agendas because foreign actors working a lot, not like in Spain. But you see how international cinema, how producers work indies struggle and suffer. "
The lack of infrastructure and industrial support, Clavijo is quite clear: "Cinema is industry. Danish public television does wonderful series with five million inhabitants. The film and television industry generated, employment, value ... and in Spain there are ideas and we need a framework to carry out. Forcing an autonomous pay 254 euros monthly you put absurd tripping. When you travel, which gives you more sadness is seeing the support that different countries. What takes a producer friend, european, in raising a movie and I have to take what we have to look. Do not travel outside, it is not what the rest, is not learned, it is pure ignorance. To me, though, has caught me optimism has stuck me 'Why not?'. And beware that many times they tell you no, because the numbers do not leave them ... but the possibility exists. The 'What if itself out?', 'What if we make a movie instead of a number, and if ...?' In the United States these questions are made constantly and my Spanish mentality has closed me, and it is wrong. "
Ask for the bombing, it is mandatory. What will be displayed? Clavijo shows me photos of the art director on your tablet. Photos of the exact reconstruction of the murderers shells dropped on the village. Jose told me that for the brutal bombing, which takes place in the final third of the film, a solution was to shoot on set and another in natural settings. "What we have done is to mix three or four people as if they were Gernika, including Lekeitio. For the scenes of destruction we have used abandoned Aragonese peoples. The destruction in Lekeitio, Bilbao and Gernika was impossible to simulate. " About the Basque locations, Clavijo is blunt: "It's a surprise how these lands are displayed. Euskadi and landscapes are amazing, in Gernika nature is a character. "
Abandonment filming. Koldo Serra, the director, he receives the veteran filmmaker Pedro Olea, visiting in September. The hard workers continue riding the traveling . The extras are still bored. Cinematographer measures light and talks to his assistant. Soon they will move to nearby Arriaga Theatre and Barakaldo, the abandoned mansion Echevarrieta Horacio , known as "the Republican capitalist". Millionaire's mansion and have an amazing story behind it. Clavijo, who was found in the house ancient unopened packages and on behalf of its owner, tells me passionately on the location they have achieved. With the passion of men of cinema, brave, rare and rates required that crazy question that makes a film made. Why not?