The shoot for Ventura Pons’ Miss Dalí wraps
by Alfonso Rivera
- The Catalonian filmmaker has made a movie about the family conflicts of Salvador Dalí, who had particularly stormy relationships with his father and his sister Anna María
Ventura Pons (Barcelona, 1945) has produced (through his company Els films de la Rambla), directed and written the screenplay for Miss Dalí [+see also:
film profile], the shoot for which wrapped a few days ago in Cadaqués. The lead actors in the movie are Claire Bloom, Siân Phillips, Miranda Gas, Joan Carreras, Josep María Pou, Alberto Ferreiro, Mercè Pons, Vicky Peña, Rachel Lascar and Mario Gas.
The film introduces us to Anna María Dalí, who is four years younger than her brother Salvador: they clearly adore each other as they bask in the progressive atmosphere of Republican Spain, hobnobbing with artists of the likes of Federico García Lorca and Luis Buñuel. But this carefree world goes up in smoke with the arrival of the wars that lay waste to Europe, the appearance of the enigmatic Gala and the huge international success garnered by the painter, a true genius of the 20th century.
The love between the two siblings (Anna María was the artist’s first muse) was tragically put on hold for 40 years: their temperamental, uninhibited and passionate personalities endured tumultuous periods on an artistic, political and social level. This is a very special story about resentment, ambition and power, narrated by the character who lends the film its title: Anna María, aka Miss Dalí.
The shoot was split into two parts: the first from 27 March until mid-April, and the second in May and June, wrapping just a few days ago on location in Catalonia, in surroundings such as Cadaqués and the Cap de Creus. In the words of Ventura Pons (Ignasi M [+see also:
film profile]), who knew some of the characters portrayed in the movie personally, it will be “a story marked by the Tramontane, the wind that batters the Empordà region and Cadaqués with such strength and violence, and which instils the very purest surrealism in its inhabitants; the divine Dalí wanted to be the prime example of this, over and above everything and everyone”.
(Translated from Spanish)
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