[Entrevista] ‘Jaguar’, the Spanish Netflix series about Nazism that “rescues memory to do justice”

The new Bambú Producciones series is starring Blanca Suárez, Iván Marcos, Francesc Garrido, Adrián Lastra and Óscar Casas and premieres today in full on Netflix.

Ramón Campos and Gema R. Neira, the prolific team of creators behind great hits like The Cable Girls, Velvet O Fariña, it was quickly clear to him what kind of story they wanted to tell when they thought about their new series. “We found that there was a public attraction for the Nazi stories and we found it very interesting to explore how Nazism and Spain had some kind of connection in history”, assures Campos in statements to SensaCine for the premiere of Jaguar, the new Spanish Netflix series that explores how a group of concentration camp survivors in Spain tries to do justice by preventing them from taking refuge in our country with impunity.

“Investigating, documenting ourselves, we find the history of the Spaniards who had been in concentration camps and how when they were released they were the only ones that their country did not pick up. They became stateless. From there we found out how Spain became a nest for Nazis, a residence for the Nazis who fled Germany or a place of passage for those who left for Latin America, “explains Campos. “And from that moment on we began to wonder what would happen if those stateless people discovered that Spain is this escape route and this place of residence for the Nazis and decided to take justice into their own hands “.

We wonder what would happen if those stateless people discovered that Spain is a means of escape and residence for the Nazis and decided to take justice into their own hands [Ramón Campos]

According to the creators, the story completely captivated them and, as they investigated, even more. For the process of writing Jaguar, Campos and Neira were soaked in bibliography and documentaries and were in museums and chatted with experts who were able to recommend “which books were more interesting and which testimonies were more real and closer to what we were looking for”. “There is a lot of written and audiovisual documentation about that time and there are many written and audiovisual testimonies of the survivors of the Holocaust,” Campos added to his partner’s statements. “Through them you can document a story like this.”

All that acquired knowledge was quickly transmitted to the members of the cast, which, led by Blanca Suárez, also comprise Iván Marcos, Francesc Garrido, Adrián Lastra and Óscar Casas. “They sent us a lot of bibliography. And the truth is that it has never stopped. They keep sending us things. I don’t know if it gives us to write a complete thesis, but we have documented a lot,” says funny Iván Marcos, who is in charge of interpreting the leader of the Jaguar band.

In addition, Campos ensures that his audiovisual reference is Munich, by Steven Spielberg, and that, contrary to what may happen given the dose of action in the series, the intention was always to flee from other references such as Hunters O Damn bastards. “Absolutely all the members of the team of Jaguar They were asked to view the documentary that the Allies recorded when they entered the concentration camps, “Campos assures. When Eisenhower entered the concentration camps, he realized that if he told it they would not believe himSo he asked movie directors who were in the military, including John Huston, to go and record what happened there. The whole team had to see it. “

As a result of the work, each element of the series is taken care of in detail: “Ramón and Gema know that time very much, both in literary and social terms. This is evident in the script, both in the use of vocabulary and in the political context and also in the aspect of the characters. Everything was truly controlled and when the script comes to you there is little to correct, “says Marcos.

The intensity was very high from the first week [Iván Marcos]

One thing that catches the eye of Jaguar from its first minutes are the great doses of intensity and that the action scenes do not allow to multiply while leaving the viewer breathless. For this, the team has had a great team of specialists, but they also claim to have carried out most of the scenes.

“We’ve done most of it ourselves. Just something more dangerous.”, says Oscar Casas in an interview with SensaCine with his fellow filmmakers. Listening to them speak, in the video that heads this news, it is clear that all of them had a great time. “It was a lot of fun,” says Francesc Garrido.

“An incredible team of doubles for action that were supporting us,” relates Blanca Suárez. “It is true that we are very launched and we wanted to do everything, and we did many things, but there was also a large team of specialists and action coordinators.” Even so, seeing it mounted was a surprise for her: “It’s funny that when you do an action scene sometimes it looks a bit like when you make a scary movie. At that moment you live everything except what you will later see in the screen. We did action, but you see it mounted and on screen and you say ‘look at it, the magic of cinema.’

Doing ‘Jaguar’ is rescuing justice

“Do Jaguar is to rescue justice “are the words that Francesc Garrido uses when reflecting on how they manage individually, in the plane of reality, that while their characters fought to do justice with the Nazis who were roaming freely throughout the world and in Spain In fact, there were many who never came to pay for their crimes. “Rescuing memory is also doing justice”Garrido continues. “It is a small way of doing it, since we are interpreters, but it is a way of rescuing the history and the moment.”

None of them see it, however, from that pessimistic cousin. “Justice is a very big thing. I think there are approaches to justice in general in life and then there are moments in which situations are further away in justice,” reflects Iván Marcos. “What there were, without a doubt, were people who gave their lives and sacrificed to try to have it. Our characters are fictional but I think they do recreate in some way, although idealized, other real characters that have existed. and that they literally gave their lives for the good of all. It is my pride and responsibility to try to generate images and reminders of the existence of these people.

This is not fiction. The fact that there were people who gave their lives for the good of all, fighting against the Nazis and the defenders of fascism of that time, is not fiction. Those people existed [Iván Marcos]

For Campos, the reflection that the series makes on justice and revenge is key: “Can we take revenge by our own hand, shoot someone and leave him in a gutter and it satisfies us? Or can we see that ABC page where the Nuremberg trial was published. It’s more important that everyone knows what they did and how they were convicted. It’s okay for people to reflect on it. ” Also “justice, justice can never exist because you have already been through that and you cannot go back”, adds Neira. “Justice is that it is known and that it is not repeated”.

The first season of Jaguar It consists of six episodes and is now available in full on Netflix.