Cartasvivas: the rescue of half of the voices

Elena Fortún and Carmen Laforet: letters to flower of pielHildegart Rodriguez, the "lady in red" was murdered by her own madreLa Letter of Pilar Primo de Rive

Cartasvivas: the rescue of half of the voices
Elena Fortún and Carmen Laforet: letters to flower of pielHildegart Rodriguez, the "lady in red" was murdered by her own madreLa Letter of Pilar Primo de Rivera Francisco Franco

"Rice with milk / I want to get married / a lady / St. Nicholas / That knows how to sew / that knows how to embroider / to know / open the door to go play. The first few verses of this children's song before the faces of the actresses Sandra Escacena, Marian Alvarez and Consuelo Trujillo . But here are not fictional characters, but the writer and advocate Hildegart Rodriguez , with her ringlets; the writer Carmen Laforet, with his typewriter, and the political Pilar Primo de Rivera , with their speeches in hand.

They are the first voices that have rescued the professor of the University of Barcelona and filmmaker Paula Ortiz ("bride") and the professor of the University of Exeter and writer Nuria Capdevila-Argüelles to "Cartasvivas", a project of both institutions together with the Fundación Banco Santander.

From left to right; Sandra Escacena, Paula Ortiz, Borja Baselga, Nuria Capdevila-Arguelles, Consuelo Trujillo and Marian Álvarez - Ernesto Sharp

it Is "capsules" film – available on YouTube– in which the performers put voice and flesh to these intellectuals, spain in the XX century, whose words saved –in many occasions– for themselves or for their privileged receiver, as in the case of the also writer Elena Fortún , who is carteó Laforet. In fact, the correspondence between the two was collected some years ago in "heart and soul (1947-1952)" and has been the germ of this project whose goal is to "discover the intimacy and give voice to your texts hidden", told Borja Baselga , director of Fundación Banco Santander.

"women have been half of the Story, of thought, of desires, of imagination... is Not reflected, or distantly, in the products of our culture", justified Ortiz, who noted how these women developed their ideas on "small spaces of intimacy" as to the letters and the diaries.

And if a children's song as "Rice with milk" you can scrape something, of the letters, also. "There are no real treasures, beyond the emotionality everyday, have a large corpus of political thought, sociological and philosophical," he continued. "The thinking and work of these women seemed less because it was in the cards. And to bring it to today, we realize that this is not what it was".

Similarities and differences

To Escacena, this project has made it open –even more– the eyes. With his 18 years, and about to start studying Law, he realized during the Second year of high school by the little presence of women in the books of Philosophy ("all men"), Language ("about four or five women") and of History. "I'm late!", joked in comparison with all the achievements of his alter ego, the reformist sexual Hildegart.

"accuse Me without wanting to listen", says Pilar Primo de Rivera/Consuelo Trujillo in one of the pills "Cartasvivas". The great challenge for the actress to play the founder of the Feminine Section of Falange was to get in the shoes of someone so different to her: "I don't feel identified with how you see the feminine universe". However, we have removed the prejudice to "pass it cleanly.": "did Not want to put criticism on the character, but to understand it." What I dug was how he had made a hole in a "family of leaders": "Was revolutionary in its Spain because you choose to say: "Within conservative ideology, what can I do for the women and for being a leader?"".

The own Trujillo went, with his mother, to the Female Section. "I went one day and didn't go back because I got to dance to "The grid" and learn kitchen", he recalled. In the case of Marían Alvarez (Carmen Laforet), it was the opposite, because "I had become a mother for the second time". Although there had not been time to do a "thorough work" on your character (yes reviewed "Anything"), he found "everything" in a letter written to Elena Fortún.

the winner of The Goya found in the writer from barcelona several correlations shared: the of suffering and the creation; and the marriage between "talent bestial and humility". "Me too happens to me that," confessed the actress, who even detected similarities between Laforet, and another woman who performed it on tv a few years ago: Teresa de Jesus : "Two women are very reactionary to your way". The word of the woman.

Updated Date: 14 September 2019, 09:01

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