It’s about the story of a boy from the La Mina neighborhood of Barcelona who struggles to survive by stealing from jewelry stores, who has a flair for art, which he shows by making graffiti, and who, with the Presence of an abusive father, weighs heavily on home, with whom Mario Casas has decided to make his directorial debut.
In the interview, which can be found between the pages of the September issue of Cinemania, the actor tells us about the gift that his little brother’s directing gave him, how important it was for him to convey the truth, and, ultimately, about the love and care with which he created this film co-written with actress Déborah François during these long weeks of quarantine.
But it is not necessary to read it to be aware of it. It is evident in the care with which he portrays the reality of the humble neighborhood of Barcelona, in those moments when the action stops (there is something hypnotic about seeing the protagonists dancing. That cowardice), in what is initially a rather quinquisque Screenplay that leads to romance, and most importantly, how the filmmaker looks at his little brother through the camera he now wields,
scar Casas may be the recognizable face of this project (for the rest of the cast, the elder Casas has opted to work with amateur actors), but it’s his co-star Candela González, who is giving up her musical career for the first time as rapper Candela Cuore for the acting world, that manages to popularize the story of escape and love.
When she is found to be the true claim within the claim, Farid Bechara, third in contention and despite having less screen time than her partner, becomes the third climax that drives the film to explore the purity of neighborhood that confirmed his director was looking for his first film.
A film with soul, especially that of Mario Casas, which makes a hopeful debut for the actor’s career as a filmmaker. Whether you like the story with which the Goya winner decided to make his debut, more or less, when the credits hit the screen, one thing is clear: Mario Casas knew the film he wanted to make and he did he also did it that way.
In a humble neighborhood on the outskirts of Barcelona, Dan (Óscar Casas) and his two friends, Vio (Candela González) and Reno (Farid Bechara), live between parties and beat-up jewelry stores without thinking about tomorrow. Beneath his petty criminal looks, Dan hides a talented artist and a different sensitivity to the world around him. The reappearance of his father after his release from prison awakens Dan’s old demons and plunges him into a spiral of violence that forces him to flee and tests the friendship between the three friends.
- Screenplay: Mario Casas, Deborah Francis
- Cast: Oscar Casas, Candela Gonzalez, Farid Bechara
- Duration: 102 min.
- Verdict: Wikipedia can be updated to say that Mario Casas is also a director.
- Distribution: Warner Bros.
- Premiere: 08/25/2023