SAN SEBASTIAN, September 22 (EFE).- Cesc Gay (Barcelona, 1967) presented today at the San Sebastian Festival his latest film, “Stories not to tell”, which will hit theaters in November, a comedy about women
“I was clear that I wanted to do it, after ‘Truman’ and ‘Felix’ and ‘A pistol in each hand’, because there is something in women’s stories. It cost me more – admits the director in an interview with EFE-, but It’s very satisfying when you find it».
Incredible actors from Ana Castillo to José Coronado play very small roles, adopting the “no story telling” scheme of “a pistol in each hand,” short and funny stories that come together, only in this case, “instead of focusing on the men and we “It illustrates the most ridiculous parts of being human and why we lie and manipulate so much.”
There are five chapters, each with a title-track, that begins in the style of a three-part story by Chino Darin, Ana Castillo and Javier Rey, with a vaudeville tone, “a world at the door and a dog in the middle,” Gay explains..
“Ricardo (Darin) has already retired,” she says with a laugh. “No, we stayed with Chino because he made a very good couple with Ana, and I liked the triangle with Javier because it creates tension, that rigidity of his, that Galician thing of not knowing where he is. Also that fate can come,” The director says, aware that these “great actors” say yes to him because he steals a little time.
The director of “In the City” told Ife that he never thinks of a role for an actor, because he doesn’t like to write for people: “I think it’s better to create characters and then you can’t believe them.”
Sometimes, because they can’t, others, because they are bad. Gay said that Pepon Nieto called him to tell him that he had come down with Covid the day before the shooting. The director was at the Gaudi Awards with Javier Camara and told him “tomorrow you will be in Barcelona”.
“In the end he played Pepon, but he was bothered all day with the problem that he was a substitute,” laughs the Catalan.
“The beautiful thing about comedy is that it has so many tones, I always say it’s like a painting, you have to find the color, especially in films like this, with five different episodes, to balance everything, which they don’t have a lot of different tones. ».
Alexandra Jimenez, Nora Navas and Maribel Verdu are three friends, actresses who have known each other for a long time and who coincided in a casting. “There’s huge comedy in all three of them,” says Gay
The director and playwright is now at a point where he knows he has to write, he says: “I still don’t know what (…) you have to let it come out and then you decide whether it’s going to be a vase or a plate, Find the best place for that material.”
So far, he says, he’s “comfortable” with the comedy, though he doesn’t know “how long” it will last.
“Let’s see, this time,” he said. Same age puts you in a less intense place, at least in my case. You see, in relative terms, what you feel at 30 is different than at 50. I don’t know, there’s something about comedy that I like more, but whenever it goes somewhere, there’s something behind it».