“Blackout“, a Serie science fiction directed by a group of renowned Spanish directors, was premiered this Friday at the Film Festival of Saint Sebastiana contest that has maintained a fraternal relationship with productions for the small screen for years.
The five episodes of Serieeach one directed by a different director, were screened on the penultimate day of the festival in the northern Spanish city, which closes this Saturday with its awards ceremony.
The Serieproduced by the Movistar+ platform that will premiere on September 29 in Spain, narrates the events that occur after the impact of a powerful solar storm on earth, which leaves Spain in a kind of pre-industrial era, without power or communications.
The idea was to have each chapter “different dilemmas, aspects of how the blackout affects society” and how people respond to extreme situations, Alberto Marini, one of the screenwriters, explained at a press conference.
“There are chapters that suggest how man is a wolf to man, that we can be the worst, and chapters that raise this hope that if we do things together, we will do it better, that is ultimately the message,” he said of his alongside the director Isaki Lacuesta, twice awarded the Golden Shell in Saint Sebastianin 2011 and 2018.
The other four directors are Alberto Rodríguez (“The minimal island”), Raúl Arévalo (“Late for anger”), Rodrigo Sorogoyen (“May God forgive us”) and Isa Campo (“The next skin”).
Idyll with the series
“Blackout” was presented in the official section although out of competition, confirming the good reception of the television format at the festival in the Basque coastal city.
This 70th edition of the contest also hosted the debut of “Simple”, a Serie about four women with functional diversity who share an apartment in Barcelona.
Saint Sebastian has premiered in previous years series that have since been well received, such as “Patria”, the adaptation of the homonymous best-selling novel by Fernando Aramburu, or “We are who we are”, by Italian Luca Guadagnino, both on the HBO platform.
The Donostiarra contest opened its arms to the series in 2017, when he opened “La peste”, by Alberto Rodríguez.
Latin and Spanish proposals
This Friday, “Kong Xiu”, by Chinese director Wang Chao, a regular face of European festivals, was presented to the contest in the official section.
The feature film follows the life of Kong Xiu, a worker who overcomes two unfortunate marriages and in the few free moments she has at her job in a workshop, she gradually trains as a writer.
Three Latin American feature films compete in the main section, among them the very well received “El suplente”, about a school in a deprived area of Buenos Aires, by Argentine Diego Lerman, and “Los reyes del mundo”, the story of a gang that lives in the streets of Medellin, by the Colombian Laura Mora.
The host country has also offered highly commented films, such as “La Maternal”, the return of Pilar Palomero after the success of “the girls”, or “The Rite of Spring”, Fernando Franco’s third feature film.
In total, there are seventeen films that compete for the Golden Shell and the other great prizes of the contest.
The section dedicated to Latin American cinema, in this festival considered a springboard for cinema from that region to Europe, closed this Friday with the screening of “The Octopus Skin” by Ecuadorian Ana Barragán.
In the Horizontes Latinos section, which will award the prize for the best Latin American film, a total of twelve films compete, from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador and Mexico.