Premiere on Movistar Plus+ | Marbella, a portrait of “the UN of crime” through the drug trafficker’s lawyer

Premiere on Movistar Plus+ | Marbella, a portrait of “the UN of crime” through the drug trafficker’s lawyer
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Due to its strategic location near Morocco and Gibraltar (traditional ‘laundry’ of dirty money), its excellent climate and because tacky luxury abounds in such a way that the ‘new rich’ goes unnoticed, Marbella has become the “UN of international crime”. In the preferred place for drug traffickers from all over the world to establish their bases. Some crimes are narrated in the news, but we Spaniards do not know what is going on there. And that is what moved them to Dani de la Torre and Berto Marini to create the ‘Marbella’ series, where in a didactic way and with that point of comedy that he knows how to give so well Hugo Silva They present a reality that would otherwise turn your stomach. Movistar Plus+ premieres this Thursday, 2its six chapters.

The architects of that wonder that is ‘Unit’ They created the series based on the journalistic work of Nacho Carretero (who described it as “UN of organized crime”) and Arturo Cano, in addition to a lot of documentation and interviews with the real protagonists of those worlds. “We wanted to continue offering entertainment linked to a social issue and when we saw the report, we were clear that we wanted to tell this story,” says Marini. An extreme that De la Torre confirms: “I am in favor of focusing on realities that are close to our home and that have never been told. To speak openly about the miseries that surround us.”

The organizations

The fiction tells, through César, a deceitful and ambitious lawyer, how the different criminal organizations operate in that place on the Costa del Sol: the Dutch Mocro Maffia, with mostly North African members, like Yassim (who plays rapper Khalid El Paisano); the Balkan networks, of Serbs and Albanians; the Italian mafia; the Irish… How they commit their misdeeds with impudence and impunity, as well as how they live. “At the end of the day, they are people, with common habits, but they dedicate themselves to what they dedicate themselves to and that makes their lives more picturesque. TO we are all fascinated by bad guys, that’s why thrillers and true crimes are in fashion. Because we want to know why they do certain things,” says De la Torre.

The Galician director remembers that in a rule of law everyone must have their defense. “That’s what democracy is about. Although those who have money can approach ‘top’ people, specialists in dismantling police operations with flaws in procedures, evidence that disappears and witnesses who no longer testify,” he explains. And they soon saw that the figure of the lawyer was the link between ones and others. “Not because you defend a drug trafficker are you. However, cinematically it was attractive that he, unintentionally, cross that narrow line”, he emphasizes. And the drug traffickers end up considering him one of their own. “Any carelessness can be fatal, because the people he deals with are very dangerous. But if they owe you favors, it is the best way to coexist there,” says Hugo Silva.

Break the fourth wall

Likewise, so that it is not just another drug dealer story, they looked for a spontaneous way to tell it, so the protagonist break the fourth wall. That is, he addresses the viewer to comment on what is happening: “He is a character who allows himself everything. And if he breaks all the laws, of course that one too,” says Hugo Silva. Something that, according to De la Torre, is very real. “In Marbella we saw that everyone loves to tell. It is part of the vanity and ego of professions about which not much is known. And he wanted César to tell us the story as if we were colleagues. And he adds: “That makes you empathize with him and, even if you don’t share his ideas, you understand him.” For his part, Marini maintains that they have used “comedy and breaking the fourth wall so that it is not heavy and very didactic.”


In that jungle in which his character also moves, there are others that collide in that environment, such as Marta (played by Elvira Mínguez), the Marbella police inspector, who maintains an unequal fight against crime with the few means she has among so much luxury and waste. “There is a lot of merit in being a police officer in Marbella,” says Marini. In ‘La Unidad’ we were used to talking to the information police, entering their headquarters, which has many resources, but in Marbella it was a ‘shock’, because you see another type of fight, another number of agents. The feeling is that there was very little good to catch many bad guys,” he laments.

The police and the daughter

“The police are upright and honest and fight for bad guys to go to prison,” says the Galician. “But they don’t have the same strength. Criminals have an unlimited budget and the police, super limited. With which they cannot compete face to face. This is partly due to political will and because it is very complicated to go against organized crime. Furthermore, the drug trafficker is not a criminal who penalizes, because he does not get involved in the street. Only when there are deaths. “It is a dark fight and politicians are tempted to only let what appears to be the case,” he adds.

Another character who contributes a point Alexandra is of good sensethe daughter of the lawyer’s partner (Manuela Calle), who looks nothing like the mother, Katty (Ana Isabelle), as superfluous and amoral as him, and which represents the viewer’s rejection of an indecent luxury: “The girl, who also has a super nice relationship with César, is the eyes of the viewer. The only normal one in the story, along with the police,” says De la Torre, who emphasizes that both do not live in that fantasy world. “The girl is the first to reproach her stepfather for everything he is doing wrong. . “She doesn’t let herself be dragged along, like her mother.” “That girl humanizes him and it makes him not fall badly,” agrees the Italian director.

The election of Hugo Silva It was key for the role: “The credit goes to Dani, who saw it clearly,” Marini confesses. “I had to be an actor who has complicity with the public, catch the humor of the script and transfer it and know how to talk to the viewer, turn around and return to the role. He improves what’s in the script. Very few people know how to do it. “And he does it spectacularly,” he admits. De la Torre argues for his decision: “I had to be a good lawyer, a good trickster, try to be a good father and a good husband. And try to get along with the police and drug traffickers. AND couldn’t be unpleasant. Hugo had what we were looking for: that look of a scoundrel, handsome, to whom you forgive almost everything. He’s a bastard, but he’s our bastard. “Hugo is very loved and that’s what the character needed to not alienate you completely.”

The creators do not believe that there is a rejection of this fiction by the people of Marbella: “The problem of Marbella is not that a series talks about the mafias. Marbella’s problem is the mafias. And we are not saying that all of Marbella is rotten and that all Marbellis are criminals. But they have seen that more and more criminal mafias are settling there. At first they were a freckle and now it is an entrenched cancer,” concludes Marini.



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