A Look at ECAM Incubator Documentary Project ‘The Garcias’

Variety | 9/23/2018 | Jamie Lang
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SAN SEBASTIAN — Part of The Screen’s Incubator – a new initiative from Madrid-based film school ECAM intended to promote the production of feature films and develop emerging talent – Paco Nicolás’ “The Garcias” received a €10,000 ($11,800 USD) grant to be used in the production of the family reunion-themed documentary.

In Spain series like “The Middle” and “The Goldbergs” dominate the daytime airwaves, with “The Simpsons” occupying an arguably larger part of modern Spanish culture than it does in the States – for decades “Los Simpson” has been on every day, year round during Spain’s famous siesta hour.

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That penchant for family entertainment representing a bygone era is something that Nicolás will look to tap into with his found-footage documentary “Los Garcia.” That and the ever-present meme of recreated family photos mixed with last year’s Goya and Karlovy Vary winner for best documentary, the similarly-Spanish “Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle.”

The film will feature old Super 8 tapes found by the filmmaker’s grandmother Finita, now remarried to a German man she spent years talking to on the phone, which she shared with Nicolás. In them, Nicolás sees his family as something different than he remembers. The tapes are from a birthday party in 1980, and everyone in them seems happy.

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Today his family is fractured from what it once was, and older members have long since passed away. But, seeing that video sparked in Nicolás the desire to recreate, as best he can, the events on those tapes from nearly 40 years ago, and reflect on the changes his family has been through since.

Nicolás discussed with Variety his ambitions for the project, the reality of pulling it off and what he personally hopes to take from the project.

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How will you mix the old footage and what you shoot now?

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