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O Magazine
2015-2017

TWO GAUDÍ AWARDS FOR O

Last Monday we woke up to find two awards at the office. Two of our directors had won a Gaudí at the 8th edition of the Catalan Film Academy Awards. Sergi Pérez’s El camí més llarg per tornar a casa was awarded best Catalan-speaking film and Carlos Marques-Marcet went home after the ceremony with the best TV film award for 13 dies d’octubre. At O, we couldn’t be happier! But apart from congratulating both winners, we’ve also prepared this mini-questionnaire for them to tell us more about the way they feel after their success. And this is what they’ve told us.

Sergi Pérez

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Carlos Marques-Marcet

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Did you expect to win this award?
No, not at all! I know it sounds like a terrible cliché, but it’s true. Marc Recha was my personal bet: I thought Un dia perfecte per volar was a marvel.

What was the first thing you thought when they said your name?
I felt deeply emotional. Seeing so many people I love so happy was a moment of recognition I’d never experienced before. The film is fantastic, and I wouldn’t want to victimise my situation, but in the process of thinking about it, making it and defending it I’ve gone through all sorts of moments, some great and others very tough. To me it was a way to recognise all that effort and hard work. It was really exciting, to be honest. I felt exultant.

Do you think winning a Gaudí award is going to affect your next projects in any way?
Well, I hope so! I trust it will help us with our second project: we need it! The kind of film we make is nearly invisible for institutions and audiences. That’s the most important thing about awards, isn’t it? They should make the invisible, visible. Yes, please, please make it useful!

What are you working on now (if you can tell us)?
There’s this idea I can’t get out of my head: a script that, using a very different thesis (transgender and intersexuality), talks about the same things we talked about in the first film: getting your home back, your refuge. There’s also a death and a deep identity crisis. Those same constants (and the same actor) are making me want to name the second film like the first, El camí més llarg per tornar a casa, vol. 2. And that’s not the only thing: I’m already thinking about making a few films under the same name, like Kieslowski and his Dekalogs, or as a kind of life work similar to Balzac’s The Human Comedy, talking about a universal topic such as coming back home… I don’t know, it sounds a bit mad, but also really cool! I hope it will end up in nothing, like the fifty albums Sufjan Stevens wanted to record about all the different states in the US…

Where have you put the award?
Aritz took it! Bastard! It’s for the production company, not for the director. And a few months ago I stopped being the main investor. So it’s only fair it should be kept at Niu d’Indi. I would love to have been able to give you the typical frivolous answer of “I put it in the bathroom” or “it’s holding up a window”. But no, I don’t have it…

Did you expect to win this award? What was the first thing you thought when they said your name?
They didn’t say my name; they said the name of the film! Film awards go to the producers and the whole team; and more so in my case, since it was an assignment.

Do you think winning a Gaudí award is going to affect your next projects in any way?
Not really. What I do think is that in the last few years, thanks to television, we’ve been able to start doing very different things in this country. The fact that TV3 now shows in prime time a TV film with a five-minute sequence shot of two guys talking is a step forward, a small step, but forward. In this sense, I think the most important thing was the way the audience responded, the fact that on that day we were the most watched programme, more than the Gaudí. But awards are always nice, of course.

What are you working on now (if you can tell us)?
In 2016 I’ll be shooting a film, a script I’ve been working on for a couple of years. It’s a dramatic comedy about the decision of having kids or not, with a love triangle, and taking place in the London canals.

Where have you put the award?
The producers are the ones who kept it; they’re the ones who receive best TV film awards.