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Press conference Los muertos no se tocan, nene


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Press conference Los muertos no se tocan, nene
By Elena Duque
Los muertos no se tocan, nene is a very particular going back to the sources of Spanish cinema, a project by Rafael Azcona that has been brought to life in Juan Gona's studios in Argame. It was Juan Gona, together with the director of the film, José Luis García Sánchez, as well as part of the cast formed by Tina Sainz, Mariola Fuentes, Silvia Marsó, Blanca Romero and Carlos Iglesias, the ones that starred this press conference which was marked by our country sense of humour and farcical tone.

García Sánchez opened the event talking about the importance of recovering the text by Azcona, claiming that "Azcona is the most important narrator of the second third of the twentieth century. He comes from picaresque literature, which flees from elitism and exudes sense of humour. An overview that comes from observing people from a cafe for 25 years, and there is everything".

Superb texts for the cinema

One of the most interesting aspects of the film is the way it has been made up to seem as if it had been shot 50 years ago. García Sánchez said "those days colour films were a farce. I cannot imagine Surcos or Berlanga's films in colour; it is something that the film requested".

He pointed out his complicity with Gona, of whom he said that "he is an irrational that spends money on cinema instead of opening a petrol station, which is something more profitable". He added that "Spanish cinema is fucking good, much better than other countries' because we have superb texts we can go back to a hundred times, like El Lazarillo or La Celestina".

He also mentioned that "boys who before did military service, now do amazingly good short films, better than ours. The Defence Ministry budget should be replaced by the Culture Ministry budget, and the other way round. The audience should be granted, be given money to go to the cinema".

Gona mentioned the unusual way of distribution they have established, which consists of "premieres in different cities for about six or eight months, moving around as when theatre tours were done".