Pilar Martin |
Madrid (EFE) make our neighbor end up becoming a “national leader”.
Aware that the comic “is today the best media weapon to talk about the world that surrounds us”, Mordillat, according to what he told EFE, has teamed up with the French cartoonist Sèbastien Gnaedig to make this comic published in Spain by the publisher Garbuix Books, a story that was already born in the form of cartoons because “turning it into a film given the current situation of French cinema is difficult.”
It is because for the director of films like “Melancolía obrera” country cinema is currently “of a conformism and academicism that does not give rise to films with a political or social background.”
“The comic is a very popular art and today everything possible must be done so that voices that cannot be heard in other places such as television, cinema or novels are heard. And ‘Ulysses’ is an example of a work with a content that could not be seen in any other medium than in comics”, he asserted.
Social denunciation is what overflows in “Ulises Don Nadie”, where an actor in very low hours is seduced by the French Fascist Party to head the electoral list of a region of the French country. A proposition that he accepts as it could be accepted by “anyone” who either has that psychological profile, or is immersed in social circumstances of great need.
“The fact that he is an actor is anecdotal, in fact the same story could have been told with a protagonist who was a civil servant; what was wanted was to tell what a person who has been expelled from the system is like and show how the extreme right pounces on people who are desperate. They can go after a worker as well as members of the petty bourgeoisie ”, he explained.
But his comic is so real that – Sèbastien Gnaedig has acknowledged – it is even inspired by the environment of the French leader of the National Front, Marine Le Pen, and to create his character he took the reference of a French actor (whose name he did not want dar) who had the same journey as Ulises Don Nadie.
“To make the comic I looked at the staging of the extreme right, Mordillat and I are concerned about the trivialization of language and the word and we want to show how this character ends up making language something banal. Ulises – he has asserted – is a person of the lot, that’s how the people of these parties are, they are not seven-headed monsters, but vulgar and ordinary people ”.
Challenge the reader through humor
A message that he launches with the aim of “questioning the reader through humor so that he wonders if in a similar situation of despair he could act like Ulysses”.
Something that for Mordillat is “amazing” because it shows that today the extreme right can make your neighbor “end up becoming a national leader.”
Although they are aware that what is happening to their character is “wild”, they also acknowledge that they have felt “a lot of compassion” for him and, therefore, they do not judge him: “We did not save him, we wanted to show how implacable the security system is. the political parties, there is no compassion”, the cartoonist stated.
A feeling that all of Ulysses’ friends and family do not have either, characters who give up following his side and among whom we will find reasonable similarities, such as the one that the protagonist’s father has: that of Mordillat himself.