Outside of the English-speaking world, Spain is one of the biggest centers of Netflix production. as fans Stealing money Elite probably already knows that the country produces dozens of series and films for the company annually.
Before the premiere of the new Spanish original Netflix movie honeymoon with my mom (Also known as Amore de Mader), Christopher Meir, of academic blog Netflix Original Movies Review and researcher at Carlos III University of Madrid, sat down with film producer Juan Gordon, who is also a co-founder of Morena Films, one of Spain’s most critically acclaimed films and commercially successful independent production companies. In addition to major box office hits and critical successes such as their last movie Campions (which is being remade in Hollywood), Morena also made the series Diablero For Netflix, plus two movies so far: Below zero And Two Catalonia. In the interview below, Gordon tells us about an industry honeymoon Before and after Netflix’s involvement in the project, a story that tells a lot about Netflix’s relationship with its producers as well as the difficulties involved in filming during the pandemic.
honeymoon with my mom Debuting Friday, April 29y on Netflix.
SMI: Can you start by saying a little bit about the idea behind honeymoon with my momWhere did the idea come from and how did you come to work with Netflix on it?
JG: The idea came from the other producer, Sofia Fabregas because this is a project that is a co-production between Morena Films and Sofia. Sofia used to work as a developer and producer, but is now hired as the head of Disney+’s original Spanish series. It was her idea and she brought it to me with two supplement writers, Cristobal Garrido and Adolfo Valor. [editor’s note: writers who also worked on the series Cocaine Coast, a Netflix original series in the US]. I thought the idea was good and so at Morena we said ok, let’s make a pact, and let’s try to do it together.
We started discussing the possibilities. Originally this was to be a movie to be released theatrically. We had interest from Universal Studios España and the idea was to fund it the traditional way with presale, free TV, pay TV and then some subsidies, tax breaks, etc.
It is the story of a couple on their honeymoon. Our idea was originally to shoot in our honeymoon destination, Canary Islands. Because we just released CampionsNetflix has been very keen to work with us on something else, comedy. They asked what we do. I said we are working on honeymoon with my mom But it was prepared in principle with conventional funding but they read the script and really liked it. I was very hesitant to do this because we made a lot of money Campions My idea was to repeat the same model. However, we eventually came to a deal that was acceptable to all parties.
CM: What drew you to him honeymoon with my mom?
Jeffrey Golden: I think it’s quite universal in the sense that we all have a mother, but it’s very rare for a son or daughter to know their mother other than the mother. The film is about the woman behind your mother, about discovering a hidden and usually hidden person behind her obligations as a mother or as a wife, a universal theme for any country.
The movie was very funny the way Adolfo and Cristobal wrote it. We had the opportunity to make this film with two great and commercially successful actors: Carmen Macci and Kim Gutierrez.
CM: Viewers outside of Spain may not know Carmen Machi and Quim Guitiérrez but they are very well known on Netflix for example. They appear in very few Netflix Originals, such as the Spanish version of criminal (Mashi) and the comedy series neighbor (Gutierrez). When did they join the project?
JG: Carmen was on board before Netflix and Quim came after Netflix. Our idea was always to do this with Carmen as a mother, and in fact, Carmen was very helpful in understanding the character as well. It provided a push towards a more realistic character.
It was pretty obvious to us that this was a commercial movie that needed some famous faces and the good news is that those famous faces were great actors so we were in good hands from the start.
SM: Filming for this project began in January 2020, so it must have been difficult to get it done during the early days of the pandemic.
JG:. The film clearly had additional costs due to the pandemic. We started working when the lockdown was announced in Spain, and we’ve been shooting for a week. I felt like the lockdown would never come to Mauritius – where much of the movie was shot – I remember saying this would be the only Netflix movie that wouldn’t stop shooting because we’re on a remote island in the Pacific and no one would know about us. Wasn’t I wrong! Three days later, a lockdown was declared in Mauritius and we had to stop firing. The airspace was closed so it was difficult to get everyone home. Netflix has made a real effort to help us and really supported us along the way. Then we came back six months later to continue filming, and two of the actresses got COVID on their way to Mauritius on the flight, so they were taken to the hospital with a policeman at the door because they were the only people with COVID on the island. Like a national security issue. It was a great ordeal.
One was discharged two weeks later, but the other, Justina Bustos, continued to test positive throughout the stay; She was in the hospital for five weeks. When we decided that we shot everything we could without it, we decided that the crew would leave for Spain and I would stay on the island until the result was negative. Miraculously, I tested negative the day the crew was leaving. So, we said let’s finish whatever we have left to do in the Canary Islands when everyone else is available again. We shot for five days in January and that was the third time we started shooting. Then we finally finished the principal photography.
CM: What else did Netflix contribute as a partner in the project, besides support in Mauritius and finances?
JG: They gave us very clever text feedback that helped us improve the movie overall. I was very happy, especially on the creative side but also on the logistical side because had we done this movie on our own it would have been an economic disaster. Remember, Netflix was the only company at the time that had an insurance company covering the pandemic.
WM: Is there a chance that this movie will turn into a franchise?
JG: It’s a possibility. maybe you can be honeymoon with my dad, it could be many things. I want to see how it works, I feel like it’s going to work really well and we should do another job, yeah.
CM: You and your colleagues at Morena Films have done a lot for Netflix. Readers of this site will be interested to know that you personally were one of the producers on the Netflix series Diablero Morena made the movie Below zero Among other works. Do you get a lot of audience opinions from the company?
JG: We don’t get much. We get the usual comment about the approximate number of people who have seen it which we can’t reveal. I’m sure Netflix is the best at data analysis and they have all the data they want, but it’s not their site to release this data publicly. I don’t think they call it journalists either. They give us a little bit of information about how he disappeared but not much. To tell you the truth, as long as they are happy, I have no problem.
CM: Do you and your colleagues have any other projects in progress with Netflix that you want to get readers’ attention?
Jeffrey Golden: Yeah, we have some projects in development, and with others we’re in discussions. Look at this space!