Santiago Cabrera in Pablo Larraín’s ‘Ema’
Santiago is to appear in Chilean film maker Pablo Larraín’s new project “Ema”, according to an exclusive article in Indiewire. Shooting starts on Monday August 6th in Valparaíso, Chile in the project that only recently came together. “Ema” is an original story co-written by “Neruda” screenwriter Guillermo Calderon and New York-based playwright Alejandro Moreno. The movie stars Gael García Bernal, who previously worked with Larraín on “No” and “Neruda,” opposite newcomer Mariana Di Girolamo. The cast also includes Paola Yanini.
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“Pablo Larraín is back. Two years after his Jacqueline Kennedy biopic “Jackie” scored an Oscar nomination for Natalie Portman while his “Neruda” was the Chilean submission for best foreign language film, Larraín is getting behind the camera again for a secret project that came together just a few weeks ago.
With his next American project, “The True American,” pushed into 2019, Larraín has begun production on “Ema,” an original story co-written by “Neruda” screenwriter Guillermo Calderon and New York-based playwright Alejandro Moreno. The movie stars Gael García Bernal, who previously worked with Larraín on “No” and “Neruda,” opposite newcomer Mariana Di Girolamo. Seeing an opening in his schedule, Larraín and his co-writers conceived of the project earlier this summer and plan to continue writing it throughout the six-week shoot, which commences Monday at the Chilean seaport of Valparaíso.
In “Ema,” Bernal plays the choreographer for a local dance company, while Di Girolamo — making her feature debut — plays his wife, a schoolteacher. The cast also includes Paola Yanini and Santiago Cabrera. The couple deals with the aftermath of an adoption that goes awry as their household falls apart. Larraín said the story would find several characters expressing themselves through contemporary dance, including reggaeton, but the movie was not a musical. ”I think this is a melodrama, which I’ve never done before, where people’s affections for others are essential to the story,” said Larraín. “There’s a lot of music and a lot of scenes where people are basically sharing their feelings.”
Larraín has been developing the dance scenes with local choreographer Jose Vidal, and plans to shoot throughout Valparaiso’s hilly streets, basing the scenes on real-life street dancers. “It’s a way to transmit a message — it could be a political message, or a religious message, or a kind of vandalism,” he said. “Instead of yelling, they go out and dance. They’re expressing themselves by leaving a trace on the city. It’s very visual.”
Larraín conceived of the story as a meditation on family life. “I just want to put in crisis the idea of what a family really is nowadays,” he said. “I think that idea has changed in a way that’s unique and surprising. There’s a new understanding of the family dynamic that I would like to deal with as a reflection of the contemporary world.”
Gael García Bernal
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