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Marina Seresesky: "The foundation to achieve equality is education"


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Within the collaboration framework established with the SGAE in different parts of the programme, 55FICX hosted for the first time in Gijón the Screenplay Award Julio Alejandro.
The fourteenth edition of this award, with 25,000 Euros to produce a feature film, was given to Marina Sereseky for her project Empieza el baile.

Eduardo Zaramella, audiovisual director at SGAE Foundation, reviewed during the press meeting the award's vocation as a "bridge between Spain and Latin America", and also showed his satisfaction because it had been given to a woman given the inequality situation in an industry where women writers are less than 20% of it. Regarding this assertion, Seresesky stated that "the foundation for change is education", and stressed the need for women's visibility in cinema. "We must achieve that the future generations see female directors, female fire-fighters and female soccer players as normal", but first "there is a need to speak about very basic things, like what it means to rape a woman".

The writer, who debuted in film direction with La puerta abierta (2016), was "happy" and "thrilled" for winning the award and told us more details about her project. "It's my first screenplay in Argentinian, it's very close to me. It speaks about my neighbourhood, and that's something you always fear it won't touch other people". Empieza el baile connects with the biographic experiences lived by Seresesky, now residing in Madrid. "I arrived in Spain because I wanted to, I don't consider myself an exile. But by listening to tango here I have always felt sadness, and since then I stopped listening and dancing it. That's why the film will be focused on this dance, as a "point of inflection, to reconcile with that way of being here". It will also deal with its important role in the social life of Buenos Aires. "Tango was born in the neighbourhoods, and clubs, and I will show all these settings. Aside from my story, the films will have its own".

The project was born as "road movie about two old tango dancers who find each other, from Madrid to Argentina". Although it speaks about the "weight of remembering", she bets on doing it "with a lot of humour, to laugh about the sadness in tango". In the text, the author has given it a referential universe. "I have put all the places that I like in Buenos Aires, and my favourite tangos, so I have enjoyed the writing process like never before". She also revealed her intention of having two specific actors to play the protagonists. "I wrote La puerta abierta for Carmen Machi, and here I have thought about Norma Aleandro and Héctor Alterio", whom she offered to give them a "tango coaching" while laughing, although "if they can't, we will do it with others". So far, the screenplay has already attracted an Argentinian co-producer to finance it alongside Meridional Producciones.

Sergio de Benito
Palabras clave Festival de Cine, 2017