‘Doctor Portuondo’, A Series By Carlo Padial In Search Of Freud-Licity
There was a moment when Carlo Padial (Barcelona, 1977), post-humor activist, screenwriter, actor and director (My crazy Erasmus, Something very fat, You are my movie), life was not funny at all. He found his traumas on the couch of a Cuban psychoanalyst, surnamed Portuondo. The therapist turned out to be a fascinating character with unusual methods that forever changed his life.
He left such a deep mark that he immortalized his memories in the non-fiction book Doctor Portuondo. Months later, Filmin took over the rights and put the project in the hands of the writer, now director, who tells us the differences between one project and another: “I wrote the book because I wanted people to get to know Portuondo. He was like Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Everything he said is valuable. The book and the series are two complementary visions. The tones are different. Although the situations are the same, I am at another point. When I wrote the book, my first child was about to be born and it was like writing him a letter before he was born. Now, I’m somewhere else”.
Portuondo is played by Cuban actor Jorge Perugorría. Padial is played by actor Nacho Sánchez. Addressing oneself is a disturbing situation to say the least. “The first day I jumped. It was like when a cat looks in a mirror.
Nacho was preparing the character by imitating my movements and my tics. I thought: ‘What a bastard’. The series’ aesthetic is deliberately bizarre, with a predominantly ocher palette. “It is that his consultation was like a space in which time had stopped. Portuondo was not too interested in the 21st century. It seemed vulgar to him. And it reminded you every two by three. It was necessary to recreate his mental exile ”.
Written in a pandemic and released when things are starting to change, is it the ideal time? “I would say that in the post-pandemic world there are two major issues: the economic and the psychological. Almost everyone I know has come out of confinement very touched, because it has been so stressful. People already said that the 21st century was going to be the century of the mind and, after the pandemic, much more. I hope it can help many people and break taboos ”.