The contradictions that live the characters and the heart of the story They have been two of the main keys to the success of the series ‘Patria’, based on the book by Fernando Aramburu and framed in the Basque conflict.
Both the literary phenomenon of the novel and the closeness of the context in which it takes place made the team very aware of the “responsibility” that involved, as the director Félix Viscarret, in charge of the first four chapters, in an online session of the cycle The Good Star, at the University of Zaragoza.
In a talk moderated by the writer and journalist Luis Alegre, the filmmaker was accompanied by part of the cast: the actor which gives life to ETA Joxe Mari, Jon Olivares; his mother in fiction, Ane Gabarain (Look); and his sister, a role played by Loreto Mauleón (Arantxa). All of them had to “work with the contradictions that life and each character have”, since, in the words of the director, “Sometimes human beings say one thing, but we do not feel exclusively that“.
Gabarain, in the skin of the tough and uncompromising Miren, recognizes that his character is very “clumsy”, something that can be “more harmful than evil itself.” “I find it flattering when they tell me that he is a horrible character, but that they can come to understand what happens to him so that he says the atrocities he says and does the things he does,” says the actress, who emphasizes that they all made an “immersion in human wholes”.
As an anecdote, the Basque interpreter tells that the writer Aramburu attended the filming one day and told both her and Elena Irureta (in the series, Bittori, widow of Txato): “Now that I know you, every time I imagine Miren and Bittori they will have your facesAnd it is that, as the director adds, if these two actresses had not projected that “soul, contradiction, pain or love” nothing would have been transmitted, in a story in which “what he had to tell was the heart of the story “.
For his part, Mauleón believes that his character, Arantxa, is probably the one with whom the easier it is to empathize “because she is the person who watches over everyone else and acts as a link between mothers” (Miren and Bittori). “For me it represents a little hope“, continues the actress, who relates that during the filming they had to” work everything from the most human part “, with the difficulty of the great” emotional journey “and the years that pass from the beginning to the end of the story, something that you also have to address “physically”.
Olivares, a member of a theater group and a teacher of Early Childhood Education, faced the “enormous challenge” of his first major audiovisual project, as the terrorist Joxe Mari. “We got into the bubble of those families without knowing the repercussion that it could have, simply by looking inside; and that was essential to approach the series,” says the interpreter, who, like his companions, has an impact on the importance of “teach the constant contradictions that the characters have“.
The two most difficult scenes for him to execute were that of the murder of Txato and in which he suffers torture. After both takes he ended up crying, something that shows, recognizes, “all the emotion and soul” that they put into the series.