Paco Sepúlveda in post-production with Historias
- The film, which was shot in Madrid, Cádiz and Montevideo, stars Maggie Civantos and Aura Garrido alongside Fernando Tejero and Manuel Morón
Historias (lit. “Stories”) is the title of the feature directed by Andalusian actor-director Paco Sepúlveda, which stars Maggie Civantos (an actress who appeared in the filmmaker’s previous work, The Game, and whom we glimpsed recently in the series Express), Aura Garrido (gracing screens this year in Alguien que cuide de mí [+see also:
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According to the people behind it, Historias is a film with many protagonists, but with one in particular reigning supreme: the viewer. It is a linear voyage along the river of life, from birth to old age and death, via all of its different stages: first love, heartbreak, adulthood, the complications and disappointments of being a grown-up, resignation... It’s a movie narrated through ten different stories that, altogether, form one single tale. Ten scenes bound together by their protagonists’ struggle against fear and their search for happiness.
In the words of Sepúlveda himself: “With Historias, I intend to analyse the core of what, from my point of view, makes us human beings. This is even more important at the moment, as we are increasingly distanced from each other by things such as technology and the need to take a stance on everything, creating a kind of mob of football fans and turning us into these real-life hooligans. Now, it seems as though fear is consuming our lives because of the increasing number of continual wars and the more closed-minded politics owing to borders that are denying life to those who are striving for survival.
“With Historias, I take my time and examine what’s really important, what we call day-to-day life, as if we were aware of the real passing of time and the way we are living,” he continues. “I stop to examine the silences when things remain unsaid, and the things that truly worry me and grab my attention: the treatment we deserve as people, the time and love necessary to overcome the fear instilled in us by this ever-faster and ever-more exhausting whirlwind we call life. Even though each person has their own thoughts, ideologies, values and morals, there is something that unites us all: fear and love. Each story features different actors at different points in life, but in turn, my intention is to reflect the fact that, regardless of each person’s origins, we are all made of the same stuff.”
Historias is a production by Spain’s Guainot Produce and Uruguayan outfit Mother Superior.
(Translated from Spanish)
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