A cloth-covered brazier table: a haven in mother’s room

A cloth-covered brazier table: a haven in mother’s room

‘The film arises from a physical sensation I still remember as a daughter who once tore herself out of the nest: the comfortable warmth from my parent’s brazier table that sheltered me from the cold. Or held me prisoner. It wasn’t easy to get away from its tableclothe draped over my lap. I’d have easily spent hours on end comfortably dozing under there while life went by elsewhere, far from my parents’ cosy home.

All along the process of making this film I had in mind a popular Spanish expression. When someone talks about children glued to mother’s skirts, it means they are not yet independent. In this particular instance, the notion of getting away from mother’s skirt as a metaphor was actually literal. My mother is a dressmaker and that cloth that covered her round working table, dangling down the sides, during my childhood and adolescence, had actually been sewn by her.’

The team at the brazier table

I took pictures of my parents dozing at that table so my team would understand the origins of my story. I wanted to take them there so they would sit together with my parents and let that cloth cosily dangling down the sides cover their legs and make them want to stay… which is what happened.We gathered around that table and others we located along the way and that’s how we got the film going, warming up -it was a very cold winter- as we discussed things. That table which was the centre of my universe and that of the characters became the centre of our entire working process.'

Meetings, conversations and reading script around the table.

Primera visita de Lola Dueñas a casa dels pares de la directora. Va conèixer a la Glòria, la mare de Celia Rico, i va seure amb ella a la taula braser. Van tardar molt a aixecar-se de tan bé que hi estaven.

Primera visita de Lola Dueñas a casa dels pares de la directora. Va conèixer a la Glòria, la mare de Celia Rico, i va seure amb ella a la taula braser. Van tardar molt a aixecar-se de tan bé que hi estaven.

Part de l’equip escalfant-se a la taula braser de la casa rural on es van allotjar, just abans de sortir a visitar una de les localitzacions.

Part de l’equip escalfant-se a la taula braser de la casa rural on es van allotjar, just abans de sortir a visitar una de les localitzacions.

Álvaro Sánchez (cap de producció), Josep Amorós (productor), Santiago Racaj (director de fotografia), Ana Hernando (ajudant de direcció), Vinyet Escobar (vestuari), Amanda Villavieja (so), Mireia Carles (directora d’art), Celia Rico (directora)

Álvaro Sánchez (cap de producció), Josep Amorós (productor), Santiago Racaj (director de fotografia), Ana Hernando (ajudant de direcció), Vinyet Escobar (vestuari), Amanda Villavieja (so), Mireia Carles (directora d’art), Celia Rico (directora)

Building, cloth, colour

'Getting a table for the film was easy enough and wed have bought one or asked around and borrowed one from a friend or an acquaintance. However, I thought itd be a great deal more special if we built one ourselves. I wanted the process of actually making one to keep us company while we were busy with everything else. A friend of my father did it and then the team tried out cloths, colours and materials in order to dress it.'

Taula braser feta a mà per Pizarro, un amic de la família de la cineasta.

Taula braser feta a mà per Pizarro, un amic de la família de la cineasta.

Prova de teles i colors per vestir la taula braser amb directora inclosa.

Prova de teles i colors per vestir la taula braser amb directora inclosa.

While shooting... and in the film

'During the shooting, I remember the actors feeling cosy and comfortable around that table we had so carefully built.

Frames of the film once the brazier table was finished. All takes included a heater turned on so the actors could feel the warmth.

Viaje al cuarto de una madre: Creation process