San Sebastian, Sept 23 (EFE).- The series “Blackout” (Movistar Plus+) brings together some of the most prestigious directors and screenwriters in Spain in five episodes, an “experiment” that grew out of a talent table convened by Fran Araújo that dismantles the old belief that the filmmakers’ egos prevent them from working well together.
“I’ve always believed a lot in people-to-people collaboration, I know there’s a prejudice that people who are committed to this at a certain level have a lot of ego. My experience is the opposite: the better they are, the easier it is,” said the showrunner in an interview with Efe.
The directors and screenwriters Alberto Rodríguez, Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Isaki Lacuesta and Isa Campo, who makes his solo directorial debut (he co-directed “La propera pell” with Lacuesta in 2016) and also signs a number of screenplays, and the screenwriters Isabel Peña and Alberto Marini , today joined Araújo to defend the series at the San Sebastian Festival, where it will be presented in the official out-of-competition squad.
“I named the five dreamers,” says Araújo: Isa Campo, Rafael Cobos, Isabel Peña, Alberto Marini and Isaki Lacuesta and, based on the José A. Pérez Ledo podcast “El gran apagón”, “we set up a script table in that we developed fourteen or fifteen ideas that we distilled until we reached the five remaining episodes.”
Afterwards, the arguments were presented to the directors, who “curiously -the maker laughs- all chose to work with the usual screenwriter”.
Campo explains to Efe that for months they fantasized about what that dystopian situation would look like, which we then saw could actually happen, and we started to think about the world that was created in each scenario: what would be in the cities have happened, In an urbanization, in a city …”.
In that sense, Lacuesta adds that Araújo wanted there to be chapters with collective messages, which “reclaim that by working together everything gets better, and the approach of uniting screenwriters and filmmakers who apparently come from different genres is consistent.” with that “.
Campo and Lacuesta don’t remember another time it was done this way. “The talent table was incredible, but the logistics and production were very complex. You couldn’t use sets, you didn’t repeat actors, every chapter is a movie and moreover the chapters were made at the same time”, something very strange, says the Catalan director, “today when only economics is thought of”.
The first chapter, “Negation”, directed by Sorogoyen, with a script by Peña, is the one that poses the problem facing humanity: a solar storm of such caliber is approaching that, if it reaches the planet, it will cause a total blackout.
“The great appeal of the chapter is that it is a situation of great tension in which a group of people must make a very important decision, even without a hundred percent scientific certainty that it will happen; the conflict -Sorogoyen tells Efe- has already been served”.
Peña confessed to Efe that the most enticing part of the project for her was to adapt a story often told in other films and “make it ours, by putting the country that we are in little winks.” who really paint everything.”
“Emergency”, directed by Raúl Arévalo who signs the script with Marini and Araujo, is set a few weeks after the blackout in a hospital where the medical teams are overwhelmed; priorities are starting to change and not everyone agrees with the effort required of them.
The third, “Confrontación” – with a script by Isa Campo, who also directs it – is about the relationship between a group of “wild” children, alone in the middle of the disaster, and an urbanization teenager, super protected by her frightened parents.
The fourth, “Survival”, by Rodríguez with a script by Cobos, is the story of man as a wolf to man.
“The idea was to find out what would be the last place the blackout would come from, which human would it affect the least, and we decided it would be a transhuman herder,” says Araújo.
“If there were such a power outage, the cities would lose all autonomy, without supplies, and they would sink into misery because they are unnatural deep inside. As time goes by, townspeople starve, but they don’t have the resources or the skills to get the basics down. And suddenly they find a shepherd. ‘
For Araújo, it was important that the last chapter is “proactive and a justification of the collective, and that it conveys hope to people,” says Lacuesta, director of the fifth, “Equilibrio”.
The showrunner explains that the series was conceived with closed endings, but open at the same time. It’s not an oxymoron. It will be perfectly understood from September 29, the premiere date on Movistar Plus +.