Koldo Serra. Chronicles of horror
Written by Aux on Monday, August 1, 2016 (Cover Page of AUX.magazine #80)
In his second film the director of "Backwoods" A bilbainada is marked and presents an ambitious proposal that recreates the bombing of Gernika supported by an international cast that lead María Valverde and James D'Arcy. This is the first time that this unfortunate event takes to the big screen as the main subject of a feature film.
Let 's start with the end how recreasteis the bombing? Will more practical than digital effects were used? It was not necessarily the most complicated part of the film. It was at the end when we were all already somewhat tired, so we went for it . It was shot with virtually all physical effects. It was a little crazy for the actors because we were shooting on location in Lekeitio, Artziniega and two towns in Zaragoza and we were just thirty-four degrees, with a sun of justice, and we fuming, fire and explosions everywhere machines. The planes themselves are digital hundred percent because we did not have them. At the time we were in the air museum where they had two junkers but are so large and so old they would not let us touch them or because they dismounted. Everything people did USER special effects that made them very photorealistic. All explosions and rubble are real people who are specialists flies ... One of the hardest things is that almost always were in residential streets. We had to escombrar and desescombrar the streets on the same day. Neighboring houses stoically endured. In that sense we are very grateful because everyone welcomed us with open arms despite the chicken assemble.
The film is based on historical figures like George Steer, but only inspired by them, changing names and creating a fictional story, I found most interesting that approach? The original idea was to make a fiction. The plot was inspired by stories and stories of the survivors and the two main characters were based on real people a little but that does not mark the story we had to tell. Obviously there is a lot of Henry George Steer, a little Hemingway, Orwell a little ... try to be a sum of war reporters who were so booming at the time. The character of Maria Valverde is heavily inspired by Constanza de la Mora was the head of Republican press in Madrid, not in Bilbao. We invented the character and all situations are given below.
You have rolled in different languages. Yes, this will be lost in the dubbed version and I'm sad because so far all passes we made in public have been in the original. Julian Villagran removing all speak in your own language of their nationality. Well, there is an English actor who plays Russian inspector, Jack Davenport. James D'Arcy is British and American ago but speaks your language. Ingrid Garcia Jonsson is Seville-Swedish and Swedish film makes. Then there are the Germans who make Germans. Meanwhile Maria Valverde and Irene Escolar without being Basque dare to Euskera. They learned it phonetically but I think that pass the test with high marks.
"Álex Angulo would do Teresa's uncle, the character of Maria Valverde. The last time I saw him alive told me he was working on his lines learned English because I wanted to shoot the film or yes. Sadly he could not roll but appears in a photograph as the father of Teresa and the film is dedicated to him. "
The film contains a tribute to Álex Angulo. It was it intended to form part of the cast? Yes, Álex Angulo would do Teresa's uncle, the character of Maria Valverde. Alex did not speak a word of English. There was a time when the film was to be shot entirely in English until Sony gave us a surprise that we could shoot in several languages. Well, even before that, Alex was already worried learned their texts based on the script that was in English. The last time I saw him alive told me he was working on it because I wanted to shoot the film or yes. Sadly he could not shoot the movie, her character does Jon Ariño, but Alex appears in a photo as the father of Maria Valverde. All was clear that Alex had to be in the film. And the film is dedicated to him.
Part of the protagonists of the film are reporters. Did you want to pay tribute to the professionals that time? On the one hand the protagonist Henry is a past character of laps, preferring to invent the chronicles before living them, living off the income of a book he wrote about black soldiers in the world War II ... while the character of Ingrid Garcia Jonsson represents the opposite, youth, daring, even some inconscencia ... she wants to emulate Robert Capa and get your photo to turn the world. It was also the time of the rise of photojournalism and they began to be the real stars. The hotel of journalists who recreate in the Bilbaína appears in the film. They were a bit like big stars, were very famous and many of them, while people were starving, enjoyed privileges and lived alcohol and partying.
There is a time when the movie stops at a very minor character but is very revealing about the humanist tone of the film. Did you want to treat differently the issue of the two Spains? We did not want to make a Civil War film but a film set during the Civil War. Talk about the bombing and how the war affects people. We did not want to do again a film of Republicans and national. Is the view, in quotes, 'target', some foreign characters who are in the midst of war. Even aesthetically I tried not to remember the films of the Civil War life. It was not ocher, yellow, sepia ... but he had a closer to that of the films of World War II, Nazi, that happened in France or northern Austria and Germany look. We wanted to differentiate ourselves and the tape spoke of other things.
I guess another concern would be that the love story turned out not cloying. Since I entered the history project was a romantic drama and wanted that to be the focus of the story. They wanted a movie character. We can not compete with the Americans in terms of budget, effects ... so in that we've gotten a pattern of characters that, as you say, I tried it was not too cloying.
"We did not want to do again a film of Republicans and national. Talk about the bombing and how the war affects people. Is the view, in quotes, 'target', some foreign characters who are in the midst of war. "
How he was shooting in Gaztelugatze? It is a place that fascinates me and has always seemed magical. I know beyond the wedding of Anne Igartiburu and a videoclip had not made any filming a feature film there. We were extremely lucky because we left a good day. It is not an easy place to shoot and also there had been a landslide on the road with which the rise was complicated by the trucks and carry equipment to the chapel was too hard. But hey, those things people do not see them and looks nice on the screen.
What the film has been received so far? It 's amazing that there is the expectation with the film. In Malaga the pass was filled to the top and in Huesca the same. Moreover, despite being very late, a few people at the colloquium stayed and saw the reaction of most people was gratitude. People who have lived postwar public sixty or seventy years, was very excited because he had dealt with this issue and that we were in Huesca, not in Euskadi. Although it is the bombing of Gernika could have occurred elsewhere and that people perceive. In Huesca a girl told us that his amama was Lekeitio and, although it had already ninety-five years, was taking her to the cinema to see the film. It was very exciting.
Do you plan to return to fantasy films or horror in future projects? I would not mind doing something smaller (laughs). More controllable. I would not mind shooting in Castilian. I've been two films shot in English with foreign actors and one has the feeling that not just explained all that well in a language that is not yours. Ando with a project out there, a police thriller called "Bin Ladens 70 'which is close to something like' Dog Day Afternoon 'and otherwise I'm reading scripts. If you arrive something about the terrifying thriller genre or love me. I'm also something of Basque whalers of the century it would be another complicated thing but it could be an interesting challenge.
Finally, you could name your favorite war movie? In the recent film wanted "Gernika" is more like "Atonement" or "The English Patient" than "Pearl Harbour". And "Hearts of Steel" I was surprised because the last thing you expect is a movie that tanks were exciting and entertaining. As for the classics I prefer "Iron Cross" Sam Peckinpah, "Paths of Glory" Stanley Kubrick and "Apocalypse Now" Ford Coppola.
Roberto González text.
"Gernika" by Koldo Serra opens on September 9.