The goal has been met for “Morir de amor”, a film directed by Jorge Araujo, which after participating in various film festivals in Mexico in 2021, hits the screens of Cinemex today January 13 after postponing its premiere due to the pandemic.
Frank Rodriguez and Lalo Spain, actors from Guadalajara who carry the leading roles in this plot, reveal in an interview what the strong cards of this story are focused on exploring the chiaroscuro of romantic relationships and how codependency, when it occurs, is just the tip of an iceberg that carries violence and frustration inside.
“The film was born from Jorge Araujo, who has an experience with the subject of codependency and based on that he wrote the film. I was in the process of the film from the beginning, both in the casting and in the preparation, and Jorge commented that he needed an actor who could physically shape ‘Alejandro’ -the main lead- and there were several actors, but we thought about Lalo Spain, watching his career from the theater ”, says Frank Rodríguez when highlighting the peculiar dramatic facet that Lalo Spain shows when giving life to a man complex in his emotions.
Although “Dying of Love” has two couples as the common thread of the story, both protagonists emphasize the emotional nuances of the film, because although talking about love is a constant on the big screen, the initial expectation was to deepen the human condition and how fears can set off toxic circles even when love is involved.
“I appreciate gestures like Jorge Araujo, who has trusted me, because I am a trained actor and many people sometimes know you for what you do, but I have always liked to touch other resources as an actor,” he shares Lalo España on the challenges of playing “Alejandro”, a grown man who will have to face his frustrations and longings.
A more realistic reflection
With figures such as Mariana Guerrero, Patricia Lupercio and Luis López Aldana in the cast, Lalo España and Frank Rodríguez reflect on the delicacy with which “Morir de amor” delves into the human condition based on codependency and highlights how the essence of each character will have the ability to make a realistic reflection of how men and women deal with the toxicity and violence of romantic relationships.
“The film has two central stories, one is with Mariana Guerrero and I think that many women will unfortunately be reflected by the codependency with their husbands, if they stay for their children, because you don’t want to be left alone. The other story is that of ‘Alejandro’ (Lalo Spain), who has his marriage, but also a best friend who draws him out to party. There are certain very notorious profiles in that they are very common in this country ”, points out Frank Rodríguez.
Spain highlights that although habitual situations are explored, “Dying of love” presents through his character “Alejandro” how men are involved in the codependencia, which is why it celebrates the vision of director Jorge Araujo to bring the viewer male characters willing to vulnerability to reflect on machismo and violence.
“It is not something exclusive to one gender, it is the human condition, many times we tend to victimize, that the woman is the fragile part of the relationship and is always the victim. Here’s about the human condition, which can happen to anyone. “
Frank Rodríguez recalls that “Morir de amor”, filmed in Guadalajara and Los Angeles, is a story focused on a more adult audience, Although due to its classification, people over 15 could see it, having a very careful treatment of the strongest scenes in which complex dialogues are exhibited.
Starting this year with the premiere of “Morir de amor”, Frank Rodríguez -of the Guadalajara distributor and producer Homosapiens Films- recognizes the patience that the production has had to reach national theaters when remembering that the film has been ready for a couple of years and has toured festivals in Mexico, so it celebrates that the public will finally be able to enjoy the story on the big screen with distribution in more than 15 Mexican cities.
“The film fulfilled its cycle of festivals since 2018 and there was an uncertainty because also at that time the platforms were dominating the exhibition of films, because many productions were no longer reaching the cinema, but in ‘Morir de amor’ it was a stubbornness of many, because we think that the film deserves to have its release in theaters, but the pandemic that delayed the premieres also fell on us ”.
Frank points out that seven films are on the horizon to be released in 2022 such as “Treaty” with Salvador Zerboni, “El Trip” with Tatiana del Real, “Inevitable” with Rodrigo Murray, as well as two more films that are in post-production and another for example, which will just begin recording, in addition to the fact that “Todo” is on Amazon Prime Video, a film that has accumulated more than 450 thousand viewers.
Lalo Spain recalls that it also awaits the screen premiere of other projects such as “Poderoso Victoria” by director Raúl Ramón along with co-star of Damien Alcázar, in addition to filming the new seasons of the series “Neighbors” where he plays “Germán”, creating more content on his independent channel “Garnacha Channel” on YouTube and promising to return to Guadalajara with “Tenorio Cómico” on March.
“I appreciate gestures like that of Jorge Araujo, who has trusted me, because I am a trained actor and many people sometimes know you for what you do in the most media, but I have always liked to touch other resources as an actor.”
– Lalo Spain, actor
“Many productions were no longer reaching the cinema, but in ‘Morir de amor’ it was a stubbornness of many, because we think that the film deserves to have its release in theaters, but the pandemic that delayed the premieres also fell on us.”
– Frank Rodríguez, actor