Who we are, part 1
In 1988 the catalan Franc Sellers and a group of friends, imbued with the magic of cinema, founded the Fata Morgana Film Group.
Cinema Fata Morgana
History of Fata Morgana
Only one year after founding the film group, they would make their first work, Mars interiors (Mares Interiores), is a medium length film with a screenplay almost in verse, made by itself, and tortured as the protagonist himself.
A painter from the beginning of the century who goes mad slowly in the attempt to achieve the perfection of his work.
Very well set, it is a curiosity of the group’s history since, together with D’Arc, they defined a more historical and realistic style, which differs a lot from the irony and sarcasm that will ultimately mark the production of the group.
It followed Temps de quatre (Time of four), another half footage divided into three small stories with a common argument: ugliness, but not physical but inside.
The year 1991 comes a great opportunity for Sellers and his team: It will be the first direction, script and production of the pilot episode of a drama series for the local televisions of Mataró, Terrassa and Cardedeu, entitled Ombres (Sombras), with participation, between others, the actor David Selvas.
But the series never happened and everything was an adventure.
D’Arc, the film
But the group does not give up and, in the years 1993-1994, Fata Morgana, with the help of Sellers, co-produces and directs what has been her only feature film so far.
In super-8, and under the title of D’Arc, Sellers dared with a new version of the story of Joan of Arc, played by the actress Roser Pujol, and set in the present as well as in medieval times, with images as spectacular as the cannons of Tossa de Mar firing fire bullets, medieval battles, men on horseback and a tense inquisitorial judgment.
The film was shot in two years and required a complicated assembly that lasted the same time as the filming itself. Finally it was released in 1995.
Another time of works
After this exhaustion, the group returned to the medium-length films in 1996 with the more than curious The Attack of the Snail Men, an incursion into the catastrophic terror where some mutants half men half killer snails, led by the crazy and vengeful scientific topic, They try to put an end to the shabby population of the town in power.
More catastrophic, but, it was the assembly of the medium, because it was never completed, despite the fact that the master is preserved, an authentic relic of the private museum of Fata Morgana. In 1997, Sellers had his first contact with the 35 mm as assistant director of the short film Mala film of the production company Cuarteto.
From that moment on, the group produced their first short films, the kind of film they found most comfortable to work on. Those years saw In crescendo, an orgasm represented in a video clip, where paranoid images are happening vertiginously, with the end of the explosion included, and the unclassifiable The bloof, a short sympathetic, original, very short but very grateful to see, that even has the honor of having been chosen to represent the “old” era of the group, along with three more modern shorts, in the program that OPEN BTV of Barcelona Televisión dedicated in October 2003 to Fata Morgana. The short can be summarized as the story of a man so gluttonous that he eats even when he sees that death is near.
In 1998 it would arrive! Mamaaah!
With this striking title Morgana made a short film that remained true to her sarcastic and uncomfortable style, this time with the story of a mother who has enslaved her son, with an electrifying ending.
I would continue this style in 2000 with Tempus fugit, a film about the idiosyncrasy of people without spirit, without opinion, without criteria, represented by a man who always wears a cone on his head and who always eats bread with butter: Not only of bread and butter live man pray the credits at the end.