The Compadres return to the fray. ‘The world is yours’ arrives, with which Alfonso Sánchez brings Rafi and Fali back to the big screen after ‘The world is yours’. A frenetic and action-packed comedy whose goal is for the public to have fun and enjoy “the catharsis of comedy on the big screen”. “It is a film with a cinema vocation, a comedy like the ones we saw as children, one of those in which you meet before to have a drink, then you go to the cinema and are tired of laughing and then you go out and have something else to comment on it,” defends the director, as well as screenwriter and protagonist, by embodying Rafi.
‘The world is yours’ brings back Rafi and Fali, the compadres. A lot has happened since your party and hangover in ‘The world is yours’. Now Rafi (Sánchez) is broke, estranged from his best friend and decides to go to the montería of the Marquesa (Teresa Arbolí) to make some money. Without knowing it, he comes across a meeting of high society and members of the regional government, who have organized a meeting with members of the Chinese government for a business deal. There he accidentally meets Fali (Alberto López), but he is no longer the same. Due to the imposition of his wife (Carmen Canivell), he now seeks to get away from toxic masculinity, he is a vegan and an environmentalist. Both will have to unite when they discover that the business is hiding something.
Although it is a sequel to ‘The world is yours’, really ‘The world is yours’ was intended as a thematic continuation of ‘The world is ours’. “This film is written before ‘The world is yours’. The first version of the script for this project dates from the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013, just when we were premiering ‘The world is ours’ and what we were living in that time was happening. It was a bit of a vocation to follow that line, to first tell the story of the Culebra and the Head and then the Compadres would come”, explains Sánchez in an interview with eCartelera in Madrid.
“But when we finished the script, we presented it to different distributors, large production companies and networks in general. Everyone kindly closed the door on us. They told us that it was impossible to produce a film like this in Spain, that it was too incorrect, that It was within the commercial standards of that time. It was a shock. Time passed, four or five years later, we came up with the idea of making the movie ‘The World Is Yours’, which was a proposal with the same characters, only within the parameters of commercial cinema that could be carried out at that time”, he continues, pointing out that, in the end, it works “as a kind of prequel” that helps to enter “into the universe of these two characters”.
“Cinema is essential to enjoy comedy”
One of the most striking aspects is the tribute that Sánchez pays to the great masters of Spanish cinema such as Berlanga or Azcona. “It was essential to have creative freedom, to be on the wire. […] Also, I think it’s what stirs the viewer, to test what your limits are, especially at a time when comedy is put under so much restraint. […] We have focused on narrating what had to be told, doing it in an ingenious way, putting yourselves on the side of the public, as the masters Berlanga and Azcona did,” he explains.
For Sánchez, it is essential to enjoy comedies in the cinema and also support exhibitors, especially at a time of crisis that the sector is experiencing due to the coronavirus pandemic. “First, I want to thank the distributor for their courage in betting on a commercial theatrical release. […] We are talking about a very large business, on which many families depend, that there are many rooms throughout Spain. It’s culture and you have to fight for it,” he argues.
“In comedy, cinema is fundamental. It is necessary to achieve that catharsis of a full room, with everyone laughing. Those are the best memories I have of my childhood, for example. In addition, ‘The world is yours’ is shot is scope, with amazing landscapes, with some shots with which we wanted to risk. I am a lover of the seventh art, what a dark room gives you, nothing else does, “he ditches.
Directed, co-written and co-starring Alfonso Sánchez, ‘The world is yours’ has a script also signed by Sergio Rubio. Along with his ‘compadre’ Alberto López, the cast is completed by Teresa Arbolí, Carmen Canivell, Mari Paz Sayago, Carlos Olalla, Pedro Álvarez-Ossorio, Alfonso Valenzuela, Ignacio de la Puerta, Chacha Huang, José Chaves, David Pareja, Juan Amodeo and Anthony of the Tower. Available in theaters from this March 18, by the hand of eOne Films Spain.