A few hours ago Álvaro Longoria and his crew left North Korea after two weeks of intense shooting. The producer has finished part of the filming of his second documentary movie as a director: The Korean Dream.
After Sons of the Clouds: the Last Colony (2012), screened in many international festivals, winner of the Goya Award for Best Documentary in 2013 and prepared to be released at the end of this month in French cinemas, Álvaro felt an attraction for this hermetic country on the other side of the globe. With the help of Alejandro Cao de Benós, a 28-year-old Spaniard and the only foreigner working for the North Korean government, the crew has had access to citizens in villages and cities, to politicians, to all types of organizations and to the grand parades for Kim Il-Sung’s birthday anniversary. The Korean Dream aims at portraying present-day North Korean society, including the opinions of NGO directives working on the spot.
The producer and director’s interest in a controversial topic of international politics is not a new thing. As Morena Films producer, besides a long list of films, he has produced Oliver Stone’s documentary trilogy: Looking for Fidel, Comandante and Persona Non Grata; or the double documentary Últimos Testigos (the biographies of Santiago Carrillo and Manuel Fraga).
The Korean Dream is an international co-production between Morena Films, Halley Productions (France), Met Films (UK) and Taskovski Films (Germany). Besides, United Talent Agency (UTA) represents the project in the USA, and the Canadian channel CBC has pre-bought the broadcasting rights for their territory.
The project has been selected for a pitch presentation at the prestigious international forum Hot Docs (Toronto), and for that reason, at the end of April —a few days after his return from North Korea—, Álvaro Longoria, together with British co-producer Al Morrow, will show the first images of the film and will start negotiations and sales actions.