The Barcelona 92 Olympic Games left many moments to remember. One of them was brought about by water polo , with a heart-stopping final for the Spanish team led by figures like Manel Estiarte and Pedro García Aguado against the always tough Italy.
Directors Dani de la Orden (‘Barcelona, nit d’estiu’, ‘The best summer of my life’) and Álex Murrull will relive the hard road that led the team to that intense match in ’42 seconds’ , a film that will come to the big screen in the summer of 2022 and that these days it is filming in the Catalan capital, with Jaime Lorente (‘El Cid’, ‘ Álvaro Cervantes (‘Carlos, King Emperor’, ‘Crazy about her’) as the main characters.
Because although in the memorable Olympic final the Spanish team made a real pineapple, the truth is that long ago that had been a tinderbox . “The selection broke with the entry of a new coach and some kids Madrid eager little fear and effrontery excessive” sums Lorente, who gets into the skin of Aguado, known years later as the media ‘ Big brother ‘ of Cuatro.
The work philosophy of the new signings clashes with that of the Catalan players who until then had dominated the group, “more methodical”, emphasizes Cervantes, who plays the role of Estiarte, “considered the Maradona of water polo”.
The clash and disagreements between the two players, which will be filed over time, articulate the plot, as well as their individual stories. “The film talks about the Olympic Games, but we also find very powerful human and overcoming stories. Aguado lived with his drug addiction and Estiarte was then the best player, but he was dragging a family loss: the suicide of his sister”, details Murrull .
“They were two almost opposite people . Manel was someone very focused, responsible, perhaps too focused on winning, and Pedro also wanted to win but had a more playful attitude,” emphasizes De la Orden about the protagonists of a film that, for a few days , has resuscitated the logo and mascot of the 1992 Olympics, the controversial Cobi, in a building in Barceloneta.
“We start with two characters who can’t stand each other but who end up sharing a room [in the Olympic village] and who understand that they have to live with each other’s neuroses,” explains De la Orden, who recalls that the athletes dealt with “sacrifice and the training madness “that Croatian Dragan Matutinovic subjected them to , who” made them go through hell. “
Lorente and Cervantes also had to give their best to prepare their characters, undergoing training sessions for an hour and a half in the water. “We have gone through many phases. At first we took it very badly but then we picked up the rhythm and we defended our work, because it is an extremely difficult sport,” says Denver from ‘La casa de papel’, who had no memory of those Olympics since in 1992 he was only one year old.
They were so comfortable that they shot every scene. “Our great achievement is that in the end we have not used doubles for any sequence,” says Cervantes proudly, who in the great historical event for the Catalan capital did not exceed 3 years of age. Both had the opportunity to meet with Estiarte and Aguado, who “have been very generous and have respected that it is a film based on their history,” says Cervantes.
The cast of the film, which will end its filming next Wednesday in Andorra, also includes actors such as Pep Ambròs, Àlex Maruny, Roger Casamajor, Joan Sentís and Christian Valencia , who plays the ill-fated goalkeeper Jesús Rollán , another key figure in a team that He fought for an athlete’s greatest dream: Olympic gold.