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RYAN GOSLING: “IN ‘BLADE RUNNER 2049’ THE ENVIRONMENT IS STILL MORE TOXIC”

Denis Villeneuve directs the sequel “Blade Runner 2049”, which takes place thirty years after the original film and shows a world where “things have gotten worse, the characters are more isolated and the environment is even more toxic”, as its protagonist said today, Ryan Gosling.

The film team, which will be released next October, has visited Barcelona to promote the feature film to the European distributors gathered at the Cine Europe congress, which is being held this week.

In a brief meeting with EFE, Ryan Gosling explained that the new feature “continues the narrative” of Ridley Scott’s original film, which “left many questions open.”

Gosling plays Officer K, a new ‘blade runner‘ from the Los Angeles Police Department who starts an investigation that leads him to “ask a lot of questions, some related to his own identity, as he did in the first part.”

“My character takes the research as an issue very personal”, added the actor, and in his quest for truth he meets Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), an old ‘blade runner’ who has been missing for 30 years.

The director, Denis Villeneuve, has clarified that it is a “black and detective” film as the first, which follows the evolutions of a policeman who starts an investigation that will lead him to “dream of a better world.”

If Ridley Scott’s film was already dark, the sequel promises to be even more so because “things have been worse in these years” and the film shows “an ecosystem that has collapsed,” according to Villeneuve.

“We are living in a world with a lot of darkness, a world where there seems to be no hope, and the film is an extension of that reality,” he added.

The French director has admitted that performing a second part of a masterpiece as Blade Runner is a risky project in which “the chances of success are very few because nobody is going to see the film itself, everyone will compare the two films.”

However, he has done it “for the love of the first film” and created it “with total freedom” and “without trying to please anyone”.

Ana de Armas and Sylvia Hoeks

Barcelona has also visited two of the film actresses: the Cuban Ana de Armas and the Dutch Sylvia Hoeks.

Ana de Armas interprets “the lover and the best friend” of the protagonist, “whom he supports in his research and encourages to continue to pursue what he is pursuing,” he said, using the most ambiguous words he has found to keep secret the plot.

It was easier for her to talk about shooting, which lasted five months and was “very intense, with long days immersed in the dark world of Blade Runner, where it is always night and always raining.”

Sylvia Hoeks playsthe right-hand woman of Neander Wallace (Jared Leto), a manufacturer of replicants where the character of Hoeks “would do anything.”

“She looks for her identity, just like in the first part with many of the characters,” added Hoeks, who did not want to reveal if his character is a human or a replicant, which is what is called in the movie beings which are almost the same as humans.

“I can not tell you anything about the plot,” – Hoeks said – “I just can only tell you that it’s a dramatic and beautiful story that causes the same choking sensation as the first Blade Runner.”

Barcelona (Spain), June 19, 2017, EFE/Practica Español

Grammar notes: review of the coordinating conjunctions, negative adverbs


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Lee la noticia y responde las preguntas. (Read the news and answer the questions)

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Question 1
La noticia trata...
A
del estreno de una película.
B
de una película que se estrenará en unos meses.
C
del rodaje de una película.
Question 2
Esta película...
A
es la continuación de un conocido filme de ciencia ficción.
B
no tiene nada que ver con 'Blade Runner'.
C
es la precuela de 'Blade Runner'.
Question 3
Según el Gosling, el mundo de 'Blade Runner 2049'...
A
es peor que el de la primera película.
B
es mejor que el de la película original.
C
no tiene nada que ver con el que de la primera película.
Question 4
En 'Blade Runner' hay personajes que no saben exactamente quiénes son.
A
Verdadero.
B
No se sabe.
C
Falso.
Question 5
El director de esta película...
A
es consciente de que podría recibir malas críticas por esta película.
B
está seguro de que la película será un auténtico éxito.
C
hizo este filme teniendo en cuenta la opinión de la audiencia.
Question 6
Durante la presentación, los actores explicaron detalladamente el argumento del filme.
A
No se sabe.
B
Verdadero.
C
Falso.
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