San Sebastian, September 23 (EFE).- The series “Blackout” (Movistar Plus+) brings together some of Spain’s most prestigious directors and screenwriters in its five episodes. This “experiment” came out of a talent chart convened by Fran Araújo. which demolishes the old belief that filmmakers’ egos prevent them from working together and well.

“I have always strongly believed in cooperation between people, I know that there is a prejudice that people who commit to it at some level have a lot of ego. My experience has been the opposite: the better they are, the easier it is,” said host Efele in an interview.

Directors and screenwriters Alberto Rodríguez, Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Isaki Lacuesta and Isa Campo, who is making his debut as a solo director (he directed Lapropapell with Lacuesta in 2016) and also signs a couple of scripts, and screenwriters Isabel Peña and Alberto Marini, joined Araújo today to defend the series At the San Sebastian Festival, where it will be presented out of competition in the official selection.

“I called five dreamers,” says Araújo: Isa Campo, Rafael Cobos, Isabel Peña, Alberto Marini and Isaki Lacuesta, and based on José A. Pérez Ledo’s “El gran apagón” podcast, we created a scenario table in that we developed fourteen or fifteen ideas that we distilled down to five episodes that were left.

Arguments were then presented to the directors, who “in a novel way – the creator laughs – chose to work with a regular screenwriter.”

Campo explains to Efe that they spent months fantasizing about what this dystopian situation would be like, which we then saw that it could really happen, and we started thinking about the world created in each scenario: what would have happened in the cities, in the urbanization, in the city…”.

In this sense, Lacuesta adds that Araújo wanted to have chapters with collective messages that “say that everything is better when we work together, and the approach of uniting screenwriters and filmmakers, who apparently come from different genres, is in line with that. “.

Campo and Lacuesta don’t remember another time it was done like this. “The talent roster was incredible, but the logistics and production were very difficult. The filming locations could not be used, the actors are not repeated, each chapter is a film and, moreover, the chapters are made simultaneously”, something very strange, says the Catalan director, “nowadays, when we only think about the economy”.

The first chapter, “Negation,” directed by Sorogoyen and written by Peña, is what sets up the problem facing humanity: a solar storm of such caliber is approaching that, when it reaches the planet, it will cause a total power outage.

“The big draw of the episode is that it’s a high-pressure situation where a group of people have to make a very important decision without even having a hundred percent scientific certainty that it will happen; the conflict – says Sorogoyen Efele – has already been delivered”.

Peña admitted to Efe that the most seductive part of the project was when he adapted a story that is often told in other films and “make it our own, putting our country in the small eyes that really color everything.”

“Emergency”, directed by Raúl Arévalo, who signed the script with Marín and Araujo, takes place a few weeks after a power outage in a hospital where the medical teams are overwhelmed; priorities begin to shift and not everyone agrees with the effort required of them.

The third, “Confrontación,” written by Isa Campo, who also directs it, tells the story of the relationship between a group of “wild” children, alone in the midst of a disaster, and a teenager protected from urbanization, whom he protects. frightened parents.

The fourth, “Survival” by Rodríguez, with a script by Cobos, is a story of man as wolf for man.

“The idea was to find out what would be the last place that the blackout would reach, what kind of person would be least affected, and we decided that it would be a transhumance shepherd,” says Araújo.

“If such a blackout were to occur, cities without equipment would lose all autonomy and sink into misery, because deep down they are unnatural. As time passes, the townspeople starve, but lack the resources and skills to acquire the basics. And suddenly they find a shepherd.”

For Araújo, it was important that the last chapter “be anticipatory and a vindication of the collective and give hope to the individual,” describes Lacuesta, the director of the fifth “Equilibrio”.

The showrunner explains that the series is meant to be closed-ended, but open-ended at the same time. This is not an oxymoron. This will be perfectly understood from next September 29, its premiere date Movistar Plus +.

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