The appointment is a Thursday morning, market day in Sant Ildefons; at the subway stop, as in Estopa’s song. This August they had to stay in the city, although it is difficult to find a more exciting cause. Next week they will release ‘Chavalas’, their first feature film, a love story between a group of friends from the neighborhood, written and directed by these two proud daughters from the periphery.
Sisters Carol and Marina Rodríguez Colás -director and scriptwriter of the film- are part of that ‘boom’ of young women born and raised in humble neighborhoods and cities on the outskirts of Barcelonawho achieved one of the last places in the battered social elevator and now narrate, in their case from the screen, but in others from poetry, theater or novels -as in the celebrated ‘Listas, guapas, limpias’ (Caballo de Troya) by Anna Pacheco – the realities and contradictions of a generation until now little or nothing explained, and less in the first person and by women.
Before starting the interview, they look at the bar at the end of the hard square that opens between the tall blocks of balconies with green awnings. They want to tell their owner personally that this August morning the bar is closed for the holidays, but she is inside.
With her hands in bleach, that as of September 3 the film in which her bar has a leading role will be able to see at the Splau [the commercial center of the city], and on the 15th there will be a projection of ‘cinema a la fresco’ in Plaça de Catalunya, the nerve center of cultural life in Cornellà, a pass that makes the mothers of the child, which has already won the Silver Biznaga Audience Award at the Malaga Festival .
Just as Pacheco did when he defined the unclassified attitude of the protagonist of his first autofiction novel as stupid, the director of ‘Chavalas’ also emphasizes how wrong her protagonist is, exercising “that micro-violence towards her mother.” “That ‘don’t talk to me, I’m an artist’that after what we have suffered when we went out , we exerted that micro-violence inside.
Towards our parents; that we return home with that snobbery … “, says Carol thus, in the first person, because it talks about the character but also about her, because ‘Chavalas’ and what is told in ‘Chavalas’,After going through that class shame imposed by the ridicule about his origin in the faculty, he returns to the neighborhood to explain it and explain himself without drama and with his head held high.
It is clear that if it hurt so much that the issue was put on the table, it is that it is something that has not been resolved. I experienced all those criticisms such as the denial of stigma. You have spent your whole life supporting jokes about where you come from and now, on top, they deny you that this has happened. It is very absurd “, reflects the director of Cornellà, who adds that it is something that cannot be denied because” even geographically we are between many separate or delimited quotation marks “.
In their eyes, if this reality has not been sufficiently narrated until now, it was not to hide it, but because “how many film directors are from the real neighborhood?” “We need neighborhood people to get to certain speakers to tell our own stories,” he continues, happy that something is moving, with successful examples of these new views, such as the case