San Sebastián, Sep 22 (EFE).- Cesc Gay (Barcelona, 1967) today presented his latest film at the San Sebastián Film Festival, “Stories Not to Tell”, which will be released in theaters in November , a comedy in which women.
“I was clear I wanted to do it, after ‘Truman’ and ‘Felix’ and ‘A Gun in Each Hand’, because there’s something about women’s stories. It costs me more – admits the director in an interview with EFE – but when you find it, it’s very rewarding”.
With incredible actors playing very small roles, from Anna Castillo to Jose Coronado, “Stories not to tell” takes up the scheme of “A gun in each hand”, funny little stories that follow each other somehow, only then, “instead of focusing on men and how badly 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 its own title track, which begins beautifully with the 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 laughs. “No, we stayed with Chino because he made a very good couple with Anna, and I liked the triangle with Javier because it generates tension, this rigidity which is his, this Galician thing of not know where he is. Also the luck that could come”, confides the director, aware that these “great actors” say yes to him because he steals little time from him.
The director of “In the city” tells Efe that he never thinks of 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 don’t trust them.”
Sometimes because the stars can’t, sometimes because they get bad. Gay says Pepón Nieto called him to tell him he had covid the day before filming. The director was at the Gaudí Awards with Javier Cámara and told him “tomorrow you will stay in Barcelona”.
“At the end he played the role of Pepón, but he bothered himself all day with the fact that he was a substitute,” laughs the Catalan.
“The beautiful 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 films like this, with five different episodes, to balance everything, that they don’t have very different tones”.
Alexandra Jiménez, Nora Navas and Maribel Verdú are three friends, actresses who have known each other for a long time and who coincide in a casting. “All three have huge comedy in them,” Gay says.
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 let it out and then you decide if it will be a vase or a plate, find the best place for this material”.
So far, he says, he’s “comfortable” in comedy, though he doesn’t know “how long” it will last.
“Let’s see, these are moments,” he said. The same age puts you in less intense places, at least in my case. You relativize, what you feel at 30 is different from that at 50. I don’t know, there’s something about comedy that I like more, but every time it goes somewhere, there’s something behind it.