‘Quinqui Stars’ reflects on the delinquency cinema of the 70s

The team of ‘Quinqui Stars’

21/10/2018.- Quinqui stars, the documentary presented last Sunday, October 21, in the DOC. Spain section, is a project born of the intention of making a film that “reflects on the birth of this cinematographic movement”, said Juan Vicente Córdoba, the documentary’s director, at the post-screening discussion.

The quinqui[1] cinema emerged in the criminal environment brought about by the failure of the Spanish education system that originated in the peripheries of the big cities in the 70s, a reality depicted in this documentary. This hits close to home for the film’s director, Juan Vicente Córdoba, who was born in a Vallecas neighbourhood at that time. “I’ve had friends who have beaten and mugged people, but they haven’t been as famous as El Jaro or El Torete,” he confessed.

To make this film, which takes part in the contest, Córdoba has had to “meet the new people who live in these neighborhoods.” “I started walking around San Blas and Moratalaz in Madrid and I ended up meeting El Coleta [“Ponytail”] somehow,” he said. The film’s protagonist is Ramsés Gallego ‘El Coleta’, who surprised the audience by “bellowing” the soundtrack theme song.

“Although it may seem like fiction, the film is a recreation of El Coleta’s life,” stated Córdoba. El Coleta conducts several interviews to make a documentary about quinqui music, called Música para pegar tirones [“Bag-snatching music”], which Juan Vicente Córdoba has not yet finished, since the central piece is missing — film director Carlos Saura. “I bumped into him at the hotel this morning and asked him to give me a break,” he joked.

The issue of education and crime is very present in all of Juan Vicente Córdoba’s projects. The film director also stressed that this documentary is an expansion of his previous project, Flores de luna.

[1] Which translates roughly as “small-time delinquent”

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