When they explain the genesis of the film, they do not agree completely. Who or what went first, what was the idea that moved everything is a memory tangled in the enthusiasm of the two parties. Carlos Salado, film director ("Raising Rats"), and Yung Beef, trap star and "underground" idol, give different versions of how they set in motion "Bad ruin", a movie driven by the motor of an attitude: tell the harsh reality, without concessions, without the moral of the "good delinquent" and without the morality of the "bad delinquent". And promoted with the sacrifice of all from a radical independence. «You can say that it is made from the bowels, from the purity and the absolute reality», says the director, relieved after the film premiered in Madrid and can now be seen freely on the internet.
«This is no longer a tribute to quinqui cinema. It's a transgression of the genre towards reality, but that of 2018, "says Carlos Salado, whose debut feature," Criando ratas, "has more than 2.5 million views on YouTube. That was almost an end-of-career project and was filmed in Alicante with non-professional actors to tell a story that some called "neoquinqui". That film was self-financed and featured a star in the cast: Ramón Guerrero, "El Cristo", which was prison flesh but thanks to the movie he straightened his life. His overwhelming interpretation was a phenomenon in the networks and one of the main reasons for being "Bad ruin", put him back in front of a camera, according to Salado. "The premise was the same: tell what is there, teach crime, drugs, the street. I feel cheated when I watch a movie and I do not really believe it. It's an obsession for me, "explains the director of this film, a" spin-off "that is basically a long video clip.
Of the same opinion is Yung Beef, music star on the edge of the creative age majority and exponent of trap in Spain. Fernando Gálvez, his real name, gives few interviews, but we sit with him in the Nelson Mandela plaza, in Lavapiés, where he has a clothing store and colleagues and followers swarm. "There is no one characterized in the film, our people are known, people who come to our parties … we have not had to do a casting, everyone goes as it is … Well, wait, no. For the police, we had to search ». Does not that guy have friends? "No, but he hit, it was good," laughs Gálvez. The film did not get external funding although they knocked on some doors. "It was going to be nothing more than a video clip for a song of mine, but everything went out of date," explains the singer. The thing was growing and we lost our mother. And the story began to take shape but we needed a lot of media, so we tried it with some brand but none wanted, because there is no message in the film that no one could be interested in. So we produced it. It is one hundred percent independent. "
There is, as we said, no moral in this story, there is too much reality. «Of course, in the cinema quinqui there was always a message at the end because those films received subsidies and had to give a positive note in some way and that is not what Carlos wanted to do, that he was only looking for the voice of the street, the reality , and show that there are situations in which everything explodes. I am very admirer of his way of understanding cinema, "says the musician.
The film is inspired by the song "Lil Romeo" by Yung Beef that speaks of the unconditional love of a father towards his son. After having lived the crime, the singer indoctrinates and prepares his heir so that he knows how to deal with tomorrow in the neighborhood. It exposes a raw vision about what is going to be found in the streets and instills values such as loyalty, words, respect or love for a mother. In the story, the protagonists descend to the underworld of the night, to a nightclub where everything is unleashed. «Actually it's one of our parties. That's why there are people from all over, Brazilians, Moroccans, Algerians, who are our friends, "comments Yung Beef about" Hell ", one of the sessions he programs in Madrid, almost without promotion and that, although it seems in the film bacanal impossible, "it's almost a documentary," according to Gálvez. «If you want to talk about the street, you need people from the street».
"Both Ramón and Fernando come from the same ecosystem, they leave the environment quinqui and have experienced crime," says the director, who explains that his intention was to show it and that everyone can make their assessments. "There will be people who do not know that reality and who ask themselves a kind of questions or conclusions and another who does and that is why others will be done. In both cases it seems valuable to me. But there is an unquestionable reality: crime is harsh and tragic, and if the end of '' Raising rats '' was the labyrinth, here we have a kind of chant for the second chance, but it is not an a priori conclusion, but it is the reality of the two leading actors, "says Salado. As Yung Beef rhymes: "We are many who came out of the crime. I am a singer and Christ is a movie star ». It is as if both had two identities, Ramón and Cristo, Fernando and Yung Beef. The two, by the way, have a son of the same age. Ramón "El Cristo" continues in the play until he is called to shoot another movie. "I do not intend to do any until we get to '' Raising Rats 2 '', you can say that». The interpreter was impressed by the editing for the first day of recording, but soon he ran with his naturalness. The same as Gálvez, who does not say a single word in the movie. "He does not need it," says the director. Dominate the scene with his presence ». If everything goes as it should, this story will continue.
A very unconventional film by format and soundtrack
"We had to be bold and courageous to get this out," says Carlos Salado of the "Bad ruin" project. "We could not wait to do it and the truth is that it was not easy to find funding for a movie like that. And since they told us that we could not, we proved that we did. " Nothing in the film, nor the actors, nor the format, is conventional. "We have all taken it as a transgression, but it is that in the cinema, in five minutes, you can tell a life. So we have done it too, "says the director, who also composed a piece for 15-minute symphony orchestra to accompany the image. "It took me two and a half months to do it. And I asked Yung Beef if he could mix it with the trap and he told me to go ahead. And we put their voices on, "he says. There is also some flamenco, a theme of the first film. «It is that if you were born in Spain in a neighborhood, you had to know something about flamenco. Now the trap is incorporating it because there is a very strong connection. What is the trap talking about? To sell drugs, street and delinquency, and if it's not that, it's not trap, says Yung Beef. Everything follows a logic … even if it's chaotic. "