Isaki Lacuesta takes the total ‘Blackout’ to Spain: “After the pandemic or Filomena, what to expect from politicians?”


Isaki Lacuesta and his usual scriptwriter isa fields participate in the direction of two episodes of the series ‘Blackout’which shows a society devastated by the lack of resources after a solar storm and is reminiscent of some recent collapses generated by the pandemic or the Filomena phenomenon.

After this, what can we expect from politicians?” The director lamented in an interview with Europa Press, when asked about the lack of answers in this type of situation. “It seems that politicians are in other things than preventing, such as preserving their respective powers, he has pointed out.

In fact, Lacuesta has explained that for possible long-term blackouts, protocols have been developed in Spain – first in the Junta de Extremadura and then in the Ministry – but they have not been implemented. “I arrive the crisis, the pandemic and there have never been financial resources to implement a policy related to something to see if it happens,” has ironized

Both Lacuesta and Campo humorously acknowledge that “no way” they are prepared for a blackout of this type, that “it has already been seen that it is possible for it to happen.” “Not even if we know it. We are the people who have thought the most about the blackout and we do not have accumulated batteries or cans or anything“, Campo has admitted between laughs.

“By the time we realized it wasn’t utopian futuristic science fiction, but a thing that can happen, we knew that we did not have to make the series but to set up a battery company. And we have not assembled them, so we are useless“, has added Lacuesta.

‘Blackout’, a series produced by Movistar that is presented out of competition in the official section of the San Sebastian Festival, is a group work with various directors and screenwriters such as Isabel Peña, Fran Araújo, Alberto Marini, Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Rafael Cobos, Raúl Arevalo or Alberto Rodriguez.

The episodes revolve from the initial shock generated by the blackout, to the organization of different social tribes and the classic debate between whether man is a wolf to man or, on the contrary, tends to associate in support groups. Lacuesta and Campo have explained that in the creation process fifteen chapters were shuffled until ten of them were discarded.

What was clearer on the script table was that the last episode should be the most luminous and constructive, not sink the viewer into the mud. Faced with what we have experienced, let there be a little reflection and hope,” Campo pointed out.

“It seems that these two premises of more selfishness or tending to associate are true, but we are at a time when we either claim the collective or push ourselves more and more to live isolated, solitary and a little more neoliberal”, Lacuesta has affirmed. .

The director himself remembers that one of the last chapters to be discarded was one that he “liked a lot” and that took place in the Cañada Real de Madrid. “The premise was that they have been screwed without electricity for so many years that, when that happens, they do not realize it and they have the tools to get ahead“, he recalled.

When asked if they believe that the idea of ​​’coming out stronger’ from this type of catastrophe is correct, both have rejected it. “Clearly not, on an individual level we have all had a vision of questioning our lives but not on a collective level. In the end, we have all come out with that feeling that this cannot continue like this and we have continued like thisCampo concluded.

Isaki Lacuesta takes the total ‘Blackout’ to Spain: “After the pandemic or Filomena, what to expect from politicians?”