Maria Munoz Rivera
In 2005, director Sergio G. Sánchez experienced a traffic accident that caused him amnesia, an experience that has served as the seed for the Alma series, a thriller where supernatural phenomena, mysticism and the loss of memories make up a cocktail that, he tells Efe , “talks about finding one’s own identity, something that takes us a lifetime”.
Mireia Oriol, Milena Smit, Pol Monen, Alex Villazán, Claudia Roset, Javier Morgade, Nil Cardoner and María Caballero star in this horror series on Netflix -nine episodes that will be released this August 19th all over the world- and in which fables, true stories converge and, according to its creator, “a lot of emotional component”.
“‘Alma’ was born as a short film that I wrote after having had that near-fatal accident,” explains the director about the seed of a project that evolved into a feature film to finally materialize in a series that, “from a fantastic context, speaks how we ended up becoming a mixture of our memories”.
Shot between Asturias and Barcelona, the fiction tells the story of Alma (Mireia Oriol), a young woman who suffers from amnesia after a strange traffic accident during a school trip in which many of her classmates die. “We have created a kind of fable,” says the director of “The Secret of Marrowbone” (2017)
The Asturian uses some episodes that he personally experienced, although “lowered” in intensity. “I didn’t want the series to be a clinical case, but rather to make the viewer doubt whether what they see is reality or not, so that they try to put the pieces together,” he explains about the plot of the series, for which a casting was made between more than two thousand actors.
His plot requires the cast to undertake a complex task, that of “being in the tension that comes with feeling in danger all the time,” explains actress Claudia Roset, with whom her partner Alex Villazán agrees: “The code of terror,” she tells Efe- It is a challenge, just like that of emotion; it is a series that ends up touching plots that we can all experience”.
“The series deals with very complex issues, so I did a lot of research on life, death, illness and all the emotional themes that the series shows, in which some are more expected than others,” says Mireia Oriol, the actress who plays the protagonist, Alma, a role that was prepared by interviewing several people who had suffered from amnesia.
Because, according to its creator, terror only works if it does so on an emotional level: “In ‘Alma’ you get involved with the characters and feel their pain. A balance is generated between emotion and fantasy so that one thing complements the other ‘, advances the director, also a screenwriter for the film “The Impossible” (2012), about this story created to play with the viewer.
“It has been a challenge to touch this genre with a script like this, it is wonderful and very complex, I fall short if I say that I have read it ten times,” says Milena Smit, who plays the enigmatic Nico.
Smit, who is not the first time he has approached the genre, assures Efe that he had “a crush” on his character. “She is a character that is uncomfortable to look at, that generates rejection or fear, and that is what we try to convey,” she adds.
The exteriors of the fiction have been shot almost entirely in Asturian landscapes. “The landscape of the Principality of Asturias has something of a fairy tale, very mystical and very pure”, considers the director, who has used these locations to connect the series “in that kind of halo of stories”. EFE