We are going to have the series that instead of a dystopia is going to look like a vintage series, « Daniel Écija jokes over the phone. The producer and screenwriter —Family doctor, Paco’s men and El internado— needed one of his last works, The fence, will be released as soon as possible in open (Antena 3). The actuality of the last six months forced them, not to be outdated, so that an idea designed to show a nightmarish future would not remain as something of the past. fence, which was finally released open last Thursday (and will be coming to Netflix every week) takes place in 2045, in a Spain in which there is a fascist state that rose to power after a world conflict and the appearance of a virus without a cure that decimated the population, part of which lives in isolation while on the other side of the fence that surrounds them, the elite have more freedom and resources.
The virus without a vaccine, the rampant scarcity of natural resources, the intrusion of the extreme right, the controls to disinfect people, the police that force citizens to stay in their homes … All this is in the series, whose filming It ended in the summer of 2019. Écija and her team (the cast includes Olivia Molina, Ángela Molina and Unax Ugalde) experienced the health crisis with the production already finished. “We have heard the unanimous cry on social networks that it is surprising that this series has, in some way, reproduced everyday scenes. It also talks a lot about how we have documented ourselves to do it ”, he comments. “What we are experiencing is very painful. I wish it had remained like a series about the future ”, he adds.
For Écija, forgetting history is a fundamental part of the origin of La valla. “This was an extraordinary opportunity to talk about the future, and to see a city [Madrid] that I know well, in which I live, in a dystopian way, with an intentionally accentuated look through something that moves me and that has to do with my life experience as the son of immigrants [su familia emigró a Australia, donde nació él, en 1963] and as someone who was born in the dictatorship and then had the fortune to grow up in democracy. It is using all that own experience and telling your concerns, because making a fiction is a form of therapy. It excites me a lot from a professional point of view to tackle terrain traveled personally ”, he says.
“It has cost us a lot to live with a rule of law, to have the freedoms that we have, to reach levels of coexistence. This country has been updated and it is very important not to forget and study that there was a time when, for the vast majority, this was not a place where you could live. It has been difficult for us to have a framework where being different is something that owes us and can unite us, because this is a very old country with many extraordinary differences, but at the same time with many things in common. This series tries to talk about freedoms, to take care of them, that freedom cost us a lot and we should not lose it ”, Ecija deepens.
The way in which politicians and government leaders have avoided support for science in Spain in recent years is something that has also crossed his mind to Écija in recent months: “We are very concerned about what is happening now in turn a deaf ear to scientists. Somehow it has always seemed that science was in a corner of our society, marginalized and little supported. It really takes on a tremendous role. Some of the threats that we see in the series have come true, like a pandemic, something that had already happened in the East and that in the West we had not lived like this since the beginning of the 20th century ”.
With the series available since January for Atresplayer users, the La valla team has lived intensely the last six months, in which the health crisis has led to a halt in the television industry. The premieres now return with the new season, and the series offer is almost endless.
“It is very tense, because you know that there is a very open, very segregated offer, you know that you have to give that return, that economic investment and illusion and work that there is in a project like this of 13 hours of fiction. 200 people are directly involved and hundreds of others indirectly ”, explains the producer. « Everything that is to feel again that there is a pulse in society and in professional activity and that we are active again is a reason for satisfaction. »