Morir: Death, as portrayed by Fernando Franco
by Alfonso Rivera
- The acclaimed director of Wounded began working with Marian Alvarez on his second feature film in the Basque country yesterday
Wounded [+see also:
interview: Fernando Franco
film profile], Fernando Franco’s first feature was showered with praise, earning a raft of awards. They began with the Special Jury Prize and the Silver Shell for Best Actress for Marian Alvarez at San Sebastián in 2013, which were followed by two EFA nominations and two Goya awards, those for Best Actress and Best New Director. The director is currently hard at work, and has been since 26 September, shooting the second film everyone has been waiting for, Morir, yet again starring Alvarez. Alongside her is Andrés Gertrudix, who will be appearing shortly in Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s upcoming thriller, May God Save Us [+see also:
interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
film profile], edited masterfully by Franco.
The shoot is currently underway in the Basque country and is set to continue in Seville at a later date. Morir follows the lives of Luis, a man who hates change, and Marta, a radiant and spirited woman, during a time in which their worlds are turned upside down by the outbreak of an illness that brings with it guilt, lies and fear. Suddenly, the tension the situation causes results in stability and affection between the couple.
Morir is produced by Basque company Kowalski Films (which served as co-producer for Cuerpo de élite [+see also:
film profile] – a film that has already enchanted over one million cinemagoers in Spain) and Andalusian outfit Ferdydurke Films. The film has received support from the ICAA, the Basque Government, the Regional Government of Andalusia, ETB, Canal Sur, Movistar +, and the Provincial Council of Biscay.
With this film, Franco sets out, once again, to explore the human psyche, but this time using the story of a couple put to the test by circumstance. He has chosen not to surround his protagonists with urban confines with his second film, but, rather, with the openness of nature, to be captured on film by the masterful DOP, Santiago Racaj, who worked on Jonas Treuba’s The Reconquest [+see also:
interview: Jonás Trueba
film profile](currently screening in Spain).
(Translated from Spanish)