The actor and director Paco León and the screenwriter Anna R. Costa presented today at the Mipcom in Cannes their new series, "Arde Madrid", a dramatic comedy inspired by the passing of Hollywood stars in the Madrid of the 60s that premieres in Spain and Latin America next month.
León y Costa pulled the thread of a simple historical anecdote about the disagreements between the exiled General Perón and his neighbor, the Hollywood star Ava Gardner in his passage through Madrid in 1961, to tell this story, in large part thanks to the testimonies of witnesses of that clandestine golden Madrid.
In this historical context, the fictional characters give free rein to a plot of secrets and female liberation, a theme that came almost by accident.
In the Palace of Festivals of the Mediterranean city, which hosts until next Thursday the market of audiovisual formats Mipcom, within one of the main auditoriums the first two episodes of "Arde Madrid" were aired, with the actress Inma Cuesta and her own Leon as protagonists.
"The effect of Hurricane Ava in the midst of a dictatorship with such a large sexual illiteracy, when suddenly the freest woman in the world arrives … This contrast between protagonists gave us the opportunity to make a metaphor for the country," Leon said. to Efe.
For Costa it is a coherent evolution of the female characters, confronted with this "hurricane" that was the American, played by the actress Debi Mazar.
The eight 30-minute episodes of the series will begin to be broadcast on Movistar + on November 8 and, shortly after, although there is no date to be confirmed, in the rest of the countries of Latin America where the channel is broadcasting.
The short format "is better suited to comedy," according to Leon, present in the room while the audience laughed with the moments of humor of his creation, where the spectators reacted amused to the sexual ignorance and repressed impulses of his characters.
In addition, the filming of the comedy in black and white portrayed the references of the artists for the production (Fellini, Berlanga or Antonioni, cited Costa), and served them as a distinctive gesture of other series of successful times.
The duo was satisfied that "Arde Madrid" could make known the "dolce vita" of the Spanish aristocratic elite, "even wilder than the Italian", but of which "there is almost no documentation or photographs".
"Apparently, Fellini relied on the life of Ava Gardner in Madrid to make his 'Dolce Vita', it is not known which one is the real one," Leon said ironically.