Paco Plaza, director of the Spanish horror film “La Abuela” (“The Grandmother”), clearly remembers that Coco Chanel’s favorite model, Vera Valdez, who co-starred in his latest film, responded to the epidemic before boarding a plane in Paris when their production began last year. Turns out: “I’ll survive.”
Although they didn’t know at the time, if they were able to shoot again, Valdez’s promise gave him hope that the film would run.
Born in 1936, the Brazilian made her debut for Parisian fashion house Elsa Schiaparelli and worked for many more designers from Dior to Chanel.
“We had to cancel the shooting in March. Vera had to leave. We didn’t know if we could do it. Before leaving for Paris, Vera said, ‘I will survive.’ We called him to make sure he was still there, ”he recalled.
Their fear of making a fun and sometimes scary movie is cut short.
“We were really scared throughout the whole process because we were fighting something we didn’t know,” he said. “We sent him to an apartment in Paris because we thought it would be better but it is one of the countries most affected by the epidemic.”
Valdez told reporters at a news conference in San Sebastian on Thursday that he was watching the film for the first time that evening when the French-Spanish film starred in the official selection.
Set in Madrid, the film stars new Spanish actress Almadena Amor as model and granddaughter, who returns to Madrid from Paris to look after her grandmother, in the role of Valdez.
Instead of sending him to a care home, he decides to take care of him at his home, while looking for a caregiver, so he can return further to his career in the French capital.
Even though her grandma is completely out of it, and fed the spoon, she’s still swinging some mysterious murder magic tricks, at once, and the house becomes even more spooky.
“I made a movie but I didn’t see it. See you all tonight. I am very happy to be here and thank you for being here, ”said Valdez.
“It simply came to our notice then. It’s going to kill me because I’m scared to death. The audience is the most important thing to me, ”he added.
The film features a drama about old age and beauty where the beautiful young Amor is starring against her shyly cracked grandmother whose portraits of her glorious days hang on the walls of her home.
“Growing old. Age. We’re always glorifying youth and beauty,” Plaza said. “I was very interested in how someone else’s old age scared us.
He added: “The epidemic has changed lives. How we have seen each other change. How long has it been since we saw a grandmother with whom we live? “
Amor was inspired by his co-star. “I liked his strength the most. He has many qualities that I want to get at his age. I was very grateful for the opportunity. I feel infinite gratitude,” he said.
Sony is distributing the picture in Spain.