Filmika Galaika joins “Last night I conquered the city of Thebes”
The high-flying Spanish team Filmika Galaika has embarked on the poetic and rhythmic film by Gabriel Azorín “Last night, I conquered the city of Thebes” (“Anoche conquered Tebas”), a fashionable title at the Match forum Me of the Locarno Festival.
A networking platform for up-and-coming producers and the few who have pretty much arrived, Match Me takes place on location at the Locarno Festival in Switzerland from August 6-8.
Based on La Coruña, Filmika Galaika’s “They Carry Death”, framing two stories, both set in 1492 and directed by Helena Girón and Samuel M. Delgado, has just been selected for Venice Critics’ Week. “Sycorax”, by Lois Patiño and Matías Piñeiro, won a place at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes.
Filmika Galaika joins the Spanish Dvein Films and the Portuguese Primeira Idade as partner producer on the feature film which will be presented in Locarno by Carlos Pardo Ros de Dvein.
Written by Azorín and the Spanish playwright and director Celso Giménez, “Last night I conquered the city of Thebes” begins with Antonio and his best friend Jota, 16 or 17, who on a cold afternoon in winter, visit Roman baths. At nightfall, when the people are gone and there is no trace of a contemporary world left, Antonio confesses to Jota that he is afraid that they are no longer slingshots.
It is then that they discover that there are other boys who bathe: Roman soldiers who built the baths. And their ages and concerns aren’t much different from boys, the project synopsis says.
More than anything else, the film will be about “friendship beyond the couple, the family or the job,” says Azorín.
“I’m interested in portraying that kind of intimacy between men and showing masculinity in a fragile way. Thus, Roman soldiers will not be violent killers or courageous warriors, as they are often portrayed in the movies, but sensitive young boys. In the film, they and the boys share a fear: losing their friends forever.
“Last night I conquered the city of Thebes” stems in part from a visit Azorín made during his studies to Elías Querejeta Zine Ezkola of San Sebastian at the Roman Baths of Bande, Ourense, near the border Spanish with Portugal. He returned with Pardo Ros and a special camera for the night shoot.
“Upon returning home and examining the material, we were struck by the fact that in the dark, the heat of the water and the rhythm of the steam made the bodies much calmer and cleaner,” Pardo recalls. Ros. “It was a magical feeling, like these people are not in our time.”
In film school, Azorín had become “obsessed” with the idea of filming different periods in one shot, their contiguity in “Last Night…”. highlighting a similarity in human sentiment over the centuries.
Last Night was developed at Ikusmira Berriak, quickly consolidating itself as one of Spain’s preeminent development labs.
At the Seville European Film Festival last November, the project won the RTP award, consisting of the pre-purchase of rights from the Portuguese public broadcaster. It is also the first feature film by Spanish company Dvein Films, created in 2017 and which, in the space of just four years, has earned a reputation as one of the most successful independent film producers. adventurous from Spain.
A hallmark is visual innovation: Oscar Vincentelli’s experimental short “La sangre es blanca” films a bullfight with a thermal camera. Another is the slew of top prizes. “
Dvein Films is also a collective. Pardo Ros is therefore in Locarno as a producer while he finishes “H”, his first directorial film.
“A very particular and radical look at the bull races from San Fermín to Pamplona from a story of my family”, “H” was carried out with “a very experimental approach with a very strong idea of collective work. We We all used the camera there and participated in long conversations while editing, “said Pardo Ros. This film represents the essence of how we make films.