‘Marbella’, a series about the power of the mafias

‘Marbella’, a series about the power of the mafias
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Silvia García Herráez

Madrid, May 1 (EFE).- “Marbella is many things, and one of them is that it is the UN of organized crime,” that is what César says about Hugo Silva, a somewhat “eccentric” lawyer who represents the mafia in the new series by Dani de la Torre and Alberto Marini, ‘Marbella’ that arrives this Wednesday on Movistar Plus+.

The six-chapter fiction is a thriller based on the journalistic investigation carried out by journalists Nacho Carretero and Arturo Lezcano who later published a report in the newspaper El País about the action of criminal organizations in the municipality of Malaga.

“After finishing the second season of ‘The Unit’ we thought about finishing it, so we were looking for a new plot. Frankly, we didn’t necessarily want to go over to the other side.

We were reading a lot of things until one Sunday, almost at the same time, we (De la Torre and he) exchanged a report from El País about organized crime in Marbella,” Marini, scriptwriter of the series, told EFE in an interview.

For his part, the director of the fiction points out that they wanted to tell something that also had “a lot of attachment to reality”, like their previous series, but that they wanted to change “the chip” a little.

“We didn’t want to repeat ourselves, we didn’t want to do more of the same. We read the report and the truth is that it was all very organic. We started from this report that did not only talk about corruption in Marbella, but about Marbella as a UN of organized crime, as the headquarters of different international gangs that have chosen this place for geographical and social reasons as their operational base,” he highlights.

And in this way, its creators, under the supervision of journalists Carretero and Lezcano, and after “arduous” research and field work, came out with ‘Marbella’, the fiction in which the Madrid interpreter puts himself in the shoes of César , a lawyer specialized in the defense of the mafia and who will enter a in which he will be willing to break the ethical code, as well as the law.

“(Dani and I) were very impressed by the lawyers who defend these people because they are the link between everything. We doubted whether we wanted to tell the story of the lawyer or the mediator, but, due to the ability to access everyone and have someone explain to us in a close way what is happening in Marbella, we chose to tell this story from the point of view of a lawyer. ”explains Marini.

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De la Torre also emphasizes the fact that all the characters are based on a real one, including the lawyer, and that when they went to Marbella to do field work, many of the gangsters even offered to appear as extras in the series. .

The Goya nominee for best supporting actor for ‘Un amor’ recognizes that this character has been one of the “most demanding” of his entire career, since he says that it has “required a lot of work.”

“Not only because he talks a lot, and requires a lot of resources, but he also breaks the fourth wall and addresses the viewer directly as if he were a colleague, looking at the camera. These are things that he had not technically done in my life, which is why I say that it required a lot of concentration and a lot of prior work. But it is also very, very, fun,” he notes.

And, regarding the use of this cinematographic technique, rarely used in a thriller, the man from Madrid advances that “the story asked for that more casual code”: “It reminded me, above all, of Martin Scorsese’s films. From the most thuggish Scorsese, the one from ‘One of Ours’ and the one from ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, that’s why I had so much fun,” he says.

Silva leads a cast made up of actors and actresses of the caliber of Ana Isabelle, Aurora Moroni, Elvira Mínguez, Manuela Calle, Mohamed Said, Daniele Fileti and Fernando Cayo, and includes Khalid’s acting debut, El Paisano. EFE

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