This is a survival story. It could be you who, after a car accident will stay wheelchair bound and with only certain mobility in one arm. Like Elena, the protagonist of Strings, interpreted by the very young and cogent Paula del Río. The film arrives today in theaters after its absolute premiere in the latest edition of the Sitges Festival.
Unexpectedly, the protagonist is trapped with Athos, a specially trained dog, in the house that her father has prepared for her, with strings on doors and windows so you can open and close them. But Athos, transforms after contracting rage.
“I’ve always been interested in the characters that use the best they have on hand to get overcome and throw forward”, Explains José Luis Montesinos, the director. This has been the common denominator of his six previous short films, with which this Tarragona accumulates more than a hundred national and international awards.
With the last one,
The corridor (2015) won among others, the Goya and the Gaudi. “The prize helped us to start the film,” he says. It was three months of intense filming in Valencia – it’s a Catalan-Catalan co-production– After an exhaustive planning, preparation and rehearsal work with the protagonist.
In principle, the script was intended for an older actress, but in the casting of Paula del Río (who rolled under the orders of Dani de la Torre
The unknown) convinced the whole team. “From the first moment I felt that I identified with the character,” says del Río. Elena wants to die but ends up fighting with all her strength to survive.
Strings is the first thriller from Montesinos. “The story called for the fantastic genre because we wanted to convey the anguish and suffering of the protagonist without making a drama,” Montesinos adds. The film competed in the official section of the Sitges Festival.