10/25/2017. – This debut feature film by director Kurro González was screened on the fifth day of the 62nd Seminci in the Spanish Cinema section. La Madriguera (The Writer’s Burrow) focuses on the life of Carlos, a successful writer with post-traumatic stress, who loses the desire to write after the death of his wife. His editor, seeing that he is unable to continue with his life, decides to send Caterina, a young woman who admires Carlos’ work, to bring some order to his day to day life. The writer sees in her the opportunity to finish his novel and decides he cannot let her leave.
The feature film, “more than a psychological thriller, though it is, is about the drama of Carlos’ life,” according to the writer, producer and actor of the film, Francisco Conde. Inspired by real events that occurred in Madrid and shot in just 23 days, The Writer’s Burrow “was very inspired by Hitchcock, in literary terms,” said filmmaker González.
The objective of the film was always “to try to talk about everyday fears, those that block us and generate fears about what surrounds us,” said the director. But he added that “the big problem was to make the public connect with Carlos, the protagonist, and not make him the bad guy. We needed to see the human side of him.”
Another big challenge was “to shoot in such a small space, because we wanted a lot of visual variety in a single space,” said the director of the film. “The house was to be a haven for Carlos but a prison for her. It had to be warm but always with elements that reminded one of a jail,” he said. In addition, “we removed all temporal references because that knowledge can take the viewer out of the movie.”
At the acting level, “we wanted an active character, who would allow you to connect with them,” said filmmaker González. “The good thing about working with good actors is that when they bring the role to life they better integrate what happens.” As for the script, “we asked psychiatry groups to advise us about post-traumatic stress, since we didn’t have history dealing with it,” joked the actor Conde.
If there is something that these two artists really understand clearly it is that “reality is always going to surpass fiction and that cinema seeks a verisimilitude and not the absolute truth,” said its director, Kurro González, who is already thinking about his next two projects.