Alberto Gastesi shooting his feature debut, La quietud de la tormenta
- Actress Loreto Mauleón toplines this black-and-white romantic drama, which unfolds in San Sebastián
Last month saw the start of the shoot for La quietud de la tormenta (Gelditasuna ekaitzean in Basque, lit. “The Calmness of the Storm”), the feature debut by Alberto Gastesi, in San Sebastián. Principal photography for the movie has been split into two parts. The first tranche was recorded in April, encompassing the sequences of the story that take place in the past. Over the course of June, the shoot will be topped off with the filming of scenes depicting the present of the narrative. Shot in both Basque and Castilian, in black and white and with a 4:3 ratio, it will boast an 85-minute running time.
The film stars Loreto Mauleón (born in Burgos in 1988, crowned with the Feroz and Platino Awards in 2021 for her performance in the acclaimed series Patria [+see also:
series profile], and who is also set to appear in Oriol Paulo’s Los renglones torcidos de Dios later this year) in what will be her first leading role in a movie, and Iñigo Gastesi (La línea invisible [+see also:
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series profile]). They are flanked by Aitor Beltrán (The Accordionist’s Son [+see also:
film profile]) and Vera Milán.
The storyline introduces us to a couple, Lara (played by Loreto Mauleón) and Daniel (Iñigo Gastesi), who met one stormy day but whose relationship never came to much. Before, they were young and full of passion, and the future seemed a far-away country replete with wonderful opportunities. Years later, their paths cross again – during another storm, in the same city – but they have both changed significantly. Straddling two different times, the past and the present, La quietud de la tormenta explores the love story between two people whose lives, in different circumstances and at another time, might just have trodden different paths.
The director states, “This is a story about the impossibility of rekindling things, but also about the impossibility of a certain type of cinema. It talks about people from a generation that’s unable find its niche – people who don’t think their lives are worth talking about. There’s a kind of disenchantment that is shared here by two strangers who, in actual fact, are not so unknown to each other; two lives that intersect in the present, but which also came into contact before, albeit fleetingly.
“I want to take advantage of this opportunity to be creative with as much freedom as possible: shooting in two separate parts, which are months apart, rewriting the text with co-screenwriter Álex Merino [who is also immersed in his directorial debut, Las flores del infierno] up until the very last minute, and relying on the enthusiasm and energy of a team comprising both first-timers and more seasoned professionals,” continues Gastesi. “In the film, there are topics and forms that I dealt with previously in my earlier short films, such as the emergence of coincidences, mirrors and reflections in the simultaneous blossoming and decline of a couple, the second time around, backtracking and cracks in a linear narrative, and vertigo.”
La quietud de la tormenta is a Vidania Films production that has secured support from the Basque Government. It is slated for release in autumn this year.
(Translated from Spanish)
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