Carlos Marqués-Marcet putting the finishing touches to La bona espera
by Alfonso Rivera
- The third film by the director of Long Distance and Anchor and Hope, again starring David Verdaguer in the lead role, is currently in post-production
When Carlos Marqués-Marcet (Girona, 1983) chatted to Cineuropa during last year’s Seville European Film Festival, where he presented Anchor and Hope [+see also:
interview: Carlos Marques-Marcet
film profile], he admitted that in his next film, he would have another go at examining a topic that both interests and worries him immensely: namely, parenthood and all its intricacies. The result is already in post-production, bears the original Catalan title La bona espera (lit.“The Good Hope”), was shot in both Catalan and Spanish, and is once again toplined by David Verdaguer, who has been involved in all three features by the young filmmaker who triumphed at the Málaga Film Festival in 2014 with his feature debut, Long Distance [+see also:
interview: Carlos Marques-Marcet
Also starring in this drama is actress María Rodríguez (acclaimed for her turn in the TV series The Ministry of Time), and the screenplay was written by a trio consisting of Clara Roquet (Petra [+see also:
interview: Jaime Rosales
film profile]), Coral Cruz (Dying [+see also:
interview: Fernando Franco
film profile]) and Marqués-Marcet himself. It gives a detailed account of a couple’s unexpected pregnancy: over the course of nine months, 30-year-old Vir and 32-year-old Lluís have to learn how to be a trio when they haven’t even had the time to learn how to be a duo, as they have scarcely been going out for even a year. Using the real-life gestation of the baby being carried by the lead actress, the movie explores the difficulty of sharing the deeply transformative experience of this process with another person. Over a number of weeks, the cast and crew followed the huge shift that occurred in the protagonists’ lives, with all the fears, joys and expectations – and the realities that grew out of them.
"The starting point for La bona espera was to make a film as a way of reflecting on life – not from the memory of an experience we’ve had, but rather from the immediacy of something that is actually happening to us. For me, it’s a leap into the unknown, which enables me to talk about one of the most universal and transformative experiences in nature: pregnancy. It’s a process in which, as a species, we invest all hope of survival, and which, as human beings, we imbue with every possible meaning as we confront something that, much like cinema, seems to be larger than life itself," states Marqués-Marcet.
The movie’s cinematography was entrusted to Álex García and the music to singer María Arnal, while the cast is rounded off by Clara Segura, Albert Prat and Sergi Torrecilla. La bona espera is being produced by Lastor Media and Avalon P.C., in conjunction with Movistar + and with backing from the ICAA, from which it received project support to the tune of €260,000 (the highest amount awarded in that particular call) in 2017. Its distribution will be handled by Avalon in 2019.
(Translated from Spanish)
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