From June 18, filming will take place in Madrid and Seville – for a scene recreating the Andalusian capital’s famous Holy Week festivities. Neither the cast nor the director are prepared to say much about the characters or the storyline, so as to maintain the surprise factor, which helped the original.
This film will be better than the first, without doubt.” Actor Berto Romero adds that the sequels to were all big successes.
Martínez Lázaro says he does not believe that Catalan sensibilities will be offended by the film.
“We didn’t intend to laugh at the Basques, but at everything.
We hope that this is a film that makes everybody happy and doesn’t upset anybody.
It is true that Catalonia’s differences are in the film and we joke about them, which is obviously what’s going to happen in a comedy.
We hope we don’t offend anybody, and if we do, we don’t really care.
The most difficult thing is to do things well, because you can only really tell if you’ve made a comedy well at the end, when people laugh,” he says.
When they decided to make a sequel, nobody was sure if Catalonia was the right choice, he adds: “There was a bigger problem with the left-wing nationalists in the Basque Country, but nothing happened in the end.
A Catalan independence flag flies from the balcony of Can Llambí, a former stately home dating back to the 12th century in the small community of Llagostera, in Catalonia’s Girona province.
Such a show of support for regional sovereignty is unremarkable around these parts, but in this case, it is part of a backdrop for a scene in the sequel to (or, Eight Basque surnames), the 2014 Spanish romantic comedy about regional identity that proved a runaway domestic box office success, making more money than any other film in Spain last year and winning three Goya film awards.
Currently being shot by the director of the original, Emilio Martínez Lázaro, in several locations throughout Catalonia, the sequel reunites the actors from the original, Karra Elejalde, Dani Rovira, Clara Lago and Carmen Machi, with newcomers Berto Romero, Rosa María Sardà and Belén Cuesta.