This Friday, November 13, comes to Netflix ‘Midas’s Favorites’, a miniseries written and directed by Mateo Gil (‘The laws of thermodynamics’, ‘Blackthorn’, ‘Nobody knows anyone’) in which Luis Tosar plays a businessman subject to a macabre blackmail within the framework of a Spain involved in street riots and social unrest. “We live ‘libertarily’ controlled”, affirms the actor that he is convinced that any type of movement or citizen revolution, like the one that takes place in the series, “always ends up subsiding” and with “everyone returning to the fold.”
In its six chapters of less than an hour, ‘Midas’ Favorites’ updates Jack London’s tale’ the Minions of Midas’, set in London a century ago, and takes him to the Madrid of these days where Tosar becomes Víctor Genovés, a wealthy businessman who suffers a terrible extortion: if he does not pay 50 million euros, a mysterious organization calling itself The Favorites of Midas will kill a random person at a designated place and date.
In a context of growing social tension, with violent disturbances throughout the country in what the media have called ‘The Spanish Revolt’, ‘Midas’s Favorites’ warn that they will add a new victim periodically until Genovés, a man who abides by a strict moral code, put at your disposal the required figure.
This is how the plot of a tense thriller that, as an initial merit, has made Tosar return to the series of television after rejecting many offers and almost 20 years after his last appearance in the mythical Galician series ‘Mareas vivas’.
“I said yes because this project had a director with whom I really wanted to work, a very seductive story and a logistics that was very attractive and manageable: a miniseries of only six episodes that had a beginning and an end. That is something that I especially like “, says Tosar in an interview with Europa Press in which he is convinced that, as in the series, in the real world there are also power groups that control in the shadows that nothing and nobody gets out of the system.
So, the actor maintains that “we live ‘libertarily’ controlled” so that any type of revolt or citizen revolution “ends up subsiding” and ends with everyone “in the same place” and “returning to the fold.” “It gives the impression that things are going to happen that have a lot to do with the popular movement, but then strangely they always go to the same place and always lead to the benefit of the same known people “, says Tosar who regrets that” at a structural level nothing has just changed. ”
“Even when it seems that everything turns upside down … it ends up in the same place. I don’t know how they do it, but it seems that they really are like ‘Midas favorites’, they have everything under control,” says the three times Goya winner who compares these revolutionary threats to taking care of a pet: “They seem to tell us like a dog: ‘Come on, go, run around with the ball for a while And when you return the bowl of food will be in the same place, so you know where you have to go. ‘
France and the yellow vests
It is not so clear to Mateo Gil, director of the series and co-creator of the same with Miguel Barros, who assures that the revolt that exists in the background of the series is inspired by what already happened in France with the yellow vests. “That was my reference the whole time. What happened there is threatening to take place in other European countries and I think there is no rule out that one day things will spill over and the riots will spread throughout the continent. It is not a dystopia, it is an extension of what is already happening, “clarifies Gil.
In this sense, Marta Belmonte, who plays Mónica, a brave and conscientious journalist, recalls that during the filming of the series that “the atmosphere of revolt was enormous worldwide” to the point that “it almost seemed that it was ahead of the plot of the series itself.” “But a pandemic has arrived and now everything is buried by the global priority that is health. So, again, exploding here nobody explodes “, sentence.
A pandemic that, Tosar regrets, will not serve as a turning point for our society either. “I have the feeling that nothing will change,” says the actor who denounces that these months he has seen “certain attitudes that are very far from what we are supposed to do right now with the number of deaths we have had.”
“The first thing we thought about was going to beers”
“I understand that the economy is important and has to be a priority, but in a country like this, where we have always considered ourselves to be very emotional, affectionate and hospitable … then we are the least supportive that can be thrown in our face with ourselves, “Tosar complains, who regrets that” in the former that we think of going to a bar for beer when forty-odd thousand people have died “.”I am very sad that we are not able to put ourselves in each other’s shoes at least to sacrifice a few hours of leisure. It seems that our elders do not matter to us, “he laments.
In this same “pessimistic” trend, Willy Toledo, who plays Inspector Conte, a politically incorrect policeman determined to catch ‘Midas’s favorites’ is aligned. “We can already find a vaccine, put on a mask, take confinement to the extreme, maintain social distance... which is more than proven that until the capitalist system is finished, which is directly responsible for the pandemics that we are experiencing, “nothing will change.
The actor who blames “the destruction of the environment” and the overcrowding of animals in factory farms for the production of meat for human consumption, to be “responsible for these viruses, mad cows, evola, avian flu …”. In this sense, Toledo maintains that there will be no real solution “until we turn this exploitation system 180 degrees.” “We can put all the patches that we want, but the solution is not to confine us all for months with the suffering and social pain that this is generating,” he concludes.
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