October 7, 2022

Cesc Gay opens up to women: ‘It costs me more, but it delivers a lot’

San Sebastian, Sep 22 (EFE).- Cesc Gay (Barcelona, ​​​​​​1967) presented his latest film at the San Sebastian Festival today, “Stories to not tell”, which will hit theaters in November, a comedy in which closer to Ladies.

“I was clear that I wanted to do it, after ‘Truman’ and ‘Félix’ and ‘A gun in each hand’, because women’s stories have something. It costs me more -confessed the director in an interview with EFE-, but when you find it, it gives me great satisfaction».

With incredible actors playing very small roles, from Anna Castillo to Jose Coronado, “Stories Not to Tell” takes the scheme of “A Gun in Each Hand”, of small and funny stories that somehow intertwine. being connected, just in this case, “instead of being focused on men and how bad we get along,” he says, “it portrays the most ridiculous parts of people and why we lie and manipulate so much.”

There are five chapters, each with a title track, which begin in style with the three-part story of Chino Darín, Anna Castillo and Javier Rey, with a vaudeville tone, “a world of doors and a dog in the middle,” explains Gay. . .

“Ricardo (Darín) is already retired,” he says with a laugh. “No, we stayed with Chino because he was a really good couple with Anna, and I liked the triangle with Javier because it generates tension, that rigidity of him, that Galician thing of not knowing where he is. Also the happiness that could come,” says the director, aware that these “great actors” say yes to him because he steals little time.

The director of “In the city” tells Efe that he never thinks about a role for an actor, because he prefers not to write for people: “I think it’s better to create characters and then you can’t trust them.”

Sometimes because the stars can’t, others because they go bad. Gay says Pepón Nieto called him to tell him he had covid the day before the shoot. The director was at the Gaudí Awards with Javier Cámara and told him: “Tomorrow you will stay in Barcelona”.

“In the end he played the part of Pepón, but he spent all day with the question of being a substitute,” the Catalan laughs.

“The great thing about comedy is that it has a lot of tones, I always say it’s like painting, you have to find the color, especially in movies like this, with five different episodes, to balance everything, that they’re not very different to show”.

Alexandra Jiménez, Nora Navas and Maribel Verdú are three girlfriends, actresses who have known each other for a long time and who coincide in a casting. “All three of them have a huge comedy in 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 make it come true 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 feels “easy” in comedy, although he doesn’t know “how long” it will last.

“Let’s see, these are times,” he says. The same age takes you to less intense places, at least in my case. You put things into perspective, what you feel at thirty is different than at fifty. I don’t know, there’s something about comedy that I like more, but if it’s going somewhere, there’s something behind it».

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