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Selected – III Edition

La Unión

Datasheet
  • Director: Cordelia Alegre
  • Executive producer: Patricia Franquesa
  • Screenwriter: Cordelia Alegre
  • Genre: Drama
  • Produced by: Gadea Films and Rara Colectivo
  • Country: Spain, Colombia

Project selected at the Residencia Iberoamericana de Guion of Cali, Colombia and Novos Cinemas’s LAB.

Logline

Two 18-year-old twins born in Colombia but raised in Barcelona travel to their country of origin to meet their father’s family.

Cordelia Alegre

Cordelia Alegre earned her B.A. in Audiovisual Communication from Pompeu Fabra University with the documentary La distancia dels noms, which was presented at the 2016 Seminci in Valladolid. She pursued a Master’ Degree in Creative Documentary at Pompeu Fabra University and worked as the assistant director for Neus Ballús on her new film Sis dies corrents.

Patricia Franquesa

Patricia Franquesa started out producing Censored Voices (BBC, ARTE), premiering at Sundance 2015 and the 2015 Berlinale and Muhi – Generally Temporary (2016 – IDFA).

Patricia cofounded Gadea Films in 2016 with the aim to create a new platform for audiovisual and multidisciplinary creation.

Synopsis

Cecilia and Juliana, are two 18-year-old twin sisters, raised in Barcelona, and who travel to their birthplace in Colombia. Their mother has been sick for a while and suggests that they go spend their vacations in their father’s land while she recovers. As the days go by, the search for the family’s history is eclipsed by the absence of their mother, who is not answering any of their letters.

Director’s note

My mother’s family background has always been a big mystery to me. Her parents died long before I was born, and she never talks to me about them. The summer of 2017 I decided to take a trip to Colombia, the place where she was born, to begin a documentary about my mother’s silence. But once I was there, when I met my family and visited the spaces where the story had happened, I felt the need to shape my own answers based on the fictional universe. My grandmother died when my mother and my aunt were 17 years old. When they were starting to develop as women. They say that, in order to protect them, they moved the girls away from their mother during her illness and I’ve heard, in passing, as if it were a secret, that on the day of her funeral my mother grabbed her sister’s hand and they ran away from the church. She and her sister have always lived with loss very close to them, and have built a family fortress far away from it, the one in which I find myself.

Producer’s note

La Unión is a project that’s very dear to GADEA because of the approach it proposes: to explore fiction through a documentary-style examination and mise-en-scene. Cordelia Alegre, who has experience as a documentary filmmaker, wants to devote this knowledge and invest it in the theatrical orchestration and control of the screenplay.

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