Creating what seems to be one of the undeniable highlights of the Spanish Ventana Sur shows, three of Peru’s preeminent directors Daniel and Diego Vega and Joanna Lombardi starred in Bienvenido Mr. Hollywood”, which promises a complete departure for one of Catalonia’s leading filmmakers. , Mar Col.
Welcome, Mr. Hollywood, co-produced by Call (Three Days with the Family) and Aina Calleja, editor of Call’s first series Kill Father, and written by Call, Calleja and Diego Vega. who, along with his brother Daniel, sparked his debut, the winner of the 2010 Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes, October. Winning best actor Fernando Basilio at Locarno in 2013, El Mudo cemented the brothers’ reputation as Latin America’s finest young writers.
“Welcome Mr. Hollywood” is produced by Barcelona-based Funicular Films and co-produced by Daniel and Diego Vega’s Lima-based Maretazo Cine. Lombardi, former Head of Fiction at Telefonica Media Networks Latin America, will serve as executive producer.
A key figure in the Latin American film/television scene, while at Telefonica Media Networks Lombardi produced a couple of original Movistar Play series from up-and-coming creators including Colombian Mauricio Leyva Coca (“Capital Noise”); Peruvian actor-director Salvador del Solar (Magallanes) and Colombian Carlos Moreno (Dogs Eat Dogs, All Your Dead Men), directors of Los Prisioneros, spotted at the September Iberseries; and the Vega brothers’ original Movistar series El Día de Mi Suerte, about downtrodden wannabe salsa star Hector Lavoe clinging to the hope that his luck will change.
Call burst onto the scene with 2009’s Three Days with the Family, her intimate focus, local setting, and knowledge of setting descriptions anticipating the high-profile films of recent Catalan cinema, such as Carla Simon’s Summer 1993, by almost a decade. and 2022 Berlin Golden Bear winner Alcarras.
“Welcome, Mr. Hollywood,” by contrast, is a very different sentence. Set in Iquitos, Peru, in the heart of the Amazon, it follows two best friends, women whose busy lives are suddenly turned upside down by the news that a major director is coming to film the sequel to Fitzcarraldo. “The discovery that the female protagonist reveals the wildest versions of themselves as they dream of becoming an actress of choice,” the synopsis reads.
The cast has yet to be confirmed. The project is at an early stage of financing. “With this movie, we want to step out of our comfort zone and talk about cinema as a dream factory; as an epic that reminds us of the delirium with which she covers everything around her, including the fate of people,” Call and Callehi said in a joint statement.
The film’s title echoes “Welcome Mr. Marshall” by 1953 Cannes player Luis Berlanga, which pokes fun at Spain’s desperate desire to escape post-Civil War misery when dormant Spanish hamlets decorate themselves with a typical Andalusian village in an absurd play to attract the Marshall Plan. to help.
“Welcome, Mr. Hollywood” won’t have that social satire, Call said. But it will be a “transparent comedy” filled with characters “whose life is not easy and suddenly sees a ticket to heaven.”
“They don’t always act out of the noblest of feelings – rather out of vanity, ambition – but they are very sensitive, which allows us to recognize ourselves in this, and look at them with a certain tenderness that Berlanga had,” Call added.
Another influence Call mentioned is Woody Allen’s Purple Rose of Cairo.
Funicular Films, launched in the spring of 2021 by Aina Clote, Jan Andreu, Marc Clote and Martha Baldo, is currently developing the first series of films and series that deal with universal themes – growing up, the fear of death, an identity crisis – but made with a dark comedy twist. . point of view,” said Baldo, who will produce “Welcome Mr. Hollywood” for Funicular.
Baldo added that despite being set in Iquitos, thanks to the inclusion of Diego Vega as a co-writer, “Welcome Mr. Hollywood” can take place in many cities around the world.
Call and Calleja know Latin America well, more precisely Mexico. Although they met in Barcelona, they shared an apartment in Mexico City from 2005–2007. Calleja worked in Mexico until 2016, working as an editor for the first feature films by film-stars such as Julio Hernandez Cordón (Benzolina). ”, 2008), Nicolas Pereda (“Los Aucentes”, 2014) and Katina Medina Mora (“Sabrás Que Hacer Conmigo”, 2015).
Similarly, Baldo worked during 1995–1998 for PCTV in Mexico City, a production company that also negotiated international channels with Mexican cable networks.
Calleja edited – and won credit as a writer – on Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada’s 2021 film A Movie About Couples, which is part of the Dominican Republic’s growing auteur cinema. She wrote and directed the short film “Los días en veranos son más largos”, which received a special mention at the 2011 Cartagena Colombian Film Festival.
After Call’s second feature film, We All Want the Best for Her, in 2013, Call, Diego Vega and Valentina Viso co-wrote the miniseries Kill Father with Movistar+, directed by Call and edited by Calleja.