San Sebastian, September 22 (EFE).- Cesc Gay (Barcelona, 1967) presented today at the San Sebastian Festival his latest film “Stories that are not told”, which will be released in cinemas in November, a comedy that is closer to women.
“It was clear to me after ‘Truman’ and ‘Félix’ and ‘Gun in Both Hands’ that I wanted to do it because there is something in women’s stories. It costs me more – the director admits in an interview with EFE – but if you find it, it is very gratifying.
With an incredible cast in very small roles, from Anna Castillo to Jose Coronadon, “Stories Untold” takes the “Guns in Both Hands” scheme of small, funny stories that somehow tie together, only in this case. “Instead of focusing on men and how badly we get along with each other, it shows the most ridiculous parts of humans and why we lie and manipulate so much”.
There are five chapters, each with its own title track, which begin stylishly with a three-part story by 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 and Anna were a really good couple, and I liked the triangle with Javier because it creates tension, his stiffness, that Galician thing, that he doesn’t know where he is. Also, the happiness that could come, ” refers the director, knowing that these “actors” will say yes to him because he is stealing a little time from them.
The director of “En la ciudad” tells Efe that he never thinks about acting 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 feel bad. Gay says Pepón Nieto called him to say he had covid the day before filming. The director was with Javier Cámara at the Gaudí Awards and told him that “tomorrow you will stay in Barcelona”.
“In the end, he played the role of Pepón, but he worried all day about the fact that he was a substitute,” laughs the Catalan.
“The beauty of comedy is that it has many shades, 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 so that they don’t have very different shades.”
Alexandra Jiménez, Nora Navas and Maribel Verdú are three friends, actresses who have known each other for a long time and who coincide at a casting. “There’s tremendous comedy in all three of them,” says Gay.
The director and dramatist is now in a position where he knows he has to write and says: “I still don’t know what (…) You have to let it come out and then you decide whether it will be a vase or a record, find the best for the material place”.
So far, he says, he’s “comfortable” in comedy, though he doesn’t know “how long” that will last.
“Let’s see, these are the times,” he says. Being the same age puts you in less intense places, at least for me. You relativize, what you feel at 30 is different than at 50. I don’t know, there’s something about comedy that I like better, but whenever it goes somewhere, there’s something behind it.”