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El disputado voto del señor Cayo (1986)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Señor Cayo
Iñaki Miramón ...
Eusebio Lázaro ...
Mari Paz Molinero ...
Mujer de Cayo
Gabriel Renom ...
Francisco Casares ...
Carmelo (as Paco Casares)
Abel Vitón ...
Ángel Alad
Juan Jesús Valverde ...
Arturo González
Julián Navarro
José Ramón Pardo
Carlos Santurio
Julia Torres
Salvador Guerrero


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We still do not know who voted Sr. Cayo ...
12 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

El disputado voto del Sr. Cayo" is a novel by Miguel Delibes, published in 1978, which tells of the meeting of two very different ways of living: the young people who come to make political campaign deserted village of Castile and the "Sr. Cayo" (Francisco Rabal), one of two villagers.

Delibes dealt perform theater reviews his first stint as an editor at the newspaper "El Norte de Castilla" and maybe that's why many of his novels have been made into films. We all remember the excellent adaptation of "Los Santos Inocentes", But there are other film versions Months before shooting Antonio Giménez Rico toured the Valley of Sedano and other nearby areas locating spaces shoot the film, following the tracks left by Miguel Delibes for many walks and trips to the imagination. And so they invented "Cureña", a people whose skin is sewn with pieces of Cortiguera, lads of Sedano, Huidobro, Orbaneja del Castillo ... Then the magic of film editing showed us only a people for "Sr. Cayo", his place in the world.

Also in the film we can see, with the inevitable sadness of the passing of time, some streets and places of Burgos capital and Poza de la Sal, that in the movie is called "Martos".

Part of the film was shot in Cortiguera, people belonging to the neighborhood council of Valdelateja. It is a treasure for hikers and mythologized place in ruins status where time seems to stand still, the town in which only two families living in close proximity Pesquera de Ebro, front Ebro Cannon and protected on a hillside between large trees, brambles and weeds rebel.

Some of the corners Cortiguera pictorial were captured by the camera for the film: emblazoned houses, dilapidated ruin stone walls, narrow unpaved streets, the Palace of "de la Fuente Bustamante", civil architectural jewel of the eighteenth century ... all places worth knowing film with his magical silence.

Miguel Delibes, at first, did not seem appropriate choice of Francisco Rabal as protagonist. He thought that the actor's fame of "Aguilas" (Murcia), would eclipse the humility and simplicity of "Sr. Cayo" and preferred a less known artist. But, after seeing his work and recalling the great role he did in 'Los Santos Inoventes' (Mario Camus, 1982) as "Azarías" ,Delibes discovered in looking Rabal strength of his character, the villager humanity, wisdom of Old Castile ... and was captivated by his performance and gave him a very complimentary article in the newspaper ABC, entitled 'La Mirada del actor'. Delibes Rabal finally admitted that it was a good "Sr. Cayo" on the screen.

This admiration was mutual, and many meetings together came a friendship between the writer and performer, remembering that Delibes wrote a biography of the actor of Murcia. And although Rabal was excited about this project finally was not carried out.

According Rabal account in his memoirs ("SI YO TE CONTARA', 1994) before shooting spent long evenings with some locals Sedano and around to build a authentic "Sr. Cayo "learning to put the beret, to handle Stick to speak with an accent so characteristic Castilian ... He also thought a lot about her father, "good compass to approach the figure of a peasant closer to nature than political skirmishes." Paco Rabal, with over 200 titles in his career as an actor, always said "Cayo Fernandez "was one of the most sincere and relevant interpretations of his career.

The locals still recall with fondness and nostalgia those weeks in the filming of 'El disputado voto del Sr. Cayo' broke the calm of their lives with its cameras, microphones and large trucks with technical material. "My people will come out in the cinema," said eagerly.

For the actors was also a special shoot that adventure in nature. The then young Iñaki Miramón spent much of the filming and admiring the deep resounding voice presence Paco Rabal, a myth of national cinema. Juan Luis Galiardo, the idealistic congressional candidate and lonely, enjoyed great times with the villagers where they filmed, knew these lives near field, glory and tavern. And Lydia Bosch newcomer, fresh from a famous game TV show, found in her cast mates generous accomplices who enjoy her first movie experience.

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