The further Manuela Pelari tries to escape from Pipa, the more difficult it becomes to get rid of her. Quite the opposite he happens to louisana lopilato with her character, that policewoman about whom much is insinuated but little is known, who covers her wounds with a vocation and who is capable of getting into the darkest corners of power and corruption with a striking naturalness.
This Wednesday Netflix premieres globally Pipethe conclusion of the police trilogy directed by Alejandro Montiel and based on the novels by the writer Florencia Etcheves. The actress was not only happy about the result of this new installment – ”It’s a great movie, people have to see it”, was the first thing she said in dialogue with THE NATION– but, in addition, he did not hide his desire to give continuity to the saga: “I would like there to be more Pipas”, he revealed.
After lost (2018), where Pipa seeks to solve the case of the disappearance of her best friend 14 years earlier in the South as an agent specializing in human trafficking and kidnapping cases, and the hunch (2020), the prequel that shows the beginnings of the young police officer as an investigator at the hands of the homicide division inspector Francisco Juanes (Joaquín Furriel), Pipe It begins with its protagonist after retiring from the police force and taking refuge in La Quebrada, a small town in northern Argentina. How did she get there, with an eight-year-old son and a life dedicated to the land? Why, despite having made the effort to forget her past as an investigator, does she return with the same dedication to try to solve a murder?
With a script by Mili Roque Pitt, Alejandro Montiel and Florencia Etcheves -based on the adaptations of the first two films, based on the novels cornelia Y the virgin of your eyes– Pipe It was entirely made in Argentina. In addition to Lopilato, the cast is completed with Mauricio Paniagua, Inés Estévez, Ariel Staltari, Paulina García, Malena Narvay, Aquiles Casabella, Benjamín Del Cerro, Santiago Artemis, Laura González, Ivonne Quispe, Mercedes Burgos and Javier Flores, among others. The choice of location, meanwhile, was not random either: Salta and Jujuy were not only the logical provinces due to their landscapes to film a western with the blue and white seal, but also the conflicts of the area appear in a film that is also captivating due to its choral imprint.
Luisana is excited about the premiere of Pipe. And just as he never imagined what was going to happen with the first two installments of the trilogy, he is confident in the success of this third one. “I really enjoyed being part of this saga. At first we didn’t dream of this”, says the actress and reveals that while at first she thought of going “step by step”, the writing team fully trusted her. “With lost Ale, Mili Roque Pitt and Florencia Etcheves told me ´you are going to break it, there is going to be another movie, you are going to see´, and it came the hunch. And now Pipe. This is a film that I really enjoyed making, especially because I really liked working with Alejandro and Mili. They are friends that I love: I never worked with people that I loved making movies as much as they do, ”she confides.
Pipa, the character that Florencia Etcheves imagined and that Luisana understood perfectly, breaks with the old role of women in police movies: not only is she the center of the story, but she is also strong, brave, trusts her work, does not ask permission to speak his mind and uses his instinct to do justice. To compose it, Luisana worked hand in hand with the scriptwriters, who from the beginning were very clear about the tone that she had to have, and then with her coach. “Pipa was created as a team,” she explains, and gives an account of how she worked over time to get to play the detective in this new installment: “In this movie you find Pipa as a more mature woman, far from the police , where she refuses to be part of the corruption and the things she saw and lived, with a son and totally dedicated to something else”reveals.
Is there something of Luisana in Pipa? The first thing the actress points out is a difference: Pipa as a mother is far from Luisana as a mother. Later, she points out some characteristics they share: “I am very persevering and I am one of not giving up. You always make mistakes and you have to get ahead, even if life hits you. And Pipa a little wanted to turn the page and say: ‘Enough. I want to start from scratch. I don’t want this and I want something else for my life,’” she says.
More than seeing herself reflected in her, what Luisana feels for Pipa is admiration. Pipa is, without a doubt, a woman with authority and capable of making her way in a world historically dominated by men. And she does it in a way that never seems forced. From that place, Luisana recognizes and celebrates the power of her character: “There is something that happens to me all the time when I watch movies with my family -she reveals with enthusiasm- and that is that every time she appears I say ´Pipaaaah . She there she comes Pipaaaah´. Like I see myself as a very empowered woman, with weapons and who knows how to handle herself in the midst of so much corruption and so many men who are bossy”.
“It is good that as women we have that place and that we can show ourselves as we are: strong, that we are moving forward, that we can, in the case of Pipa, be part of a team with perhaps a lot of corruption, with perhaps more men than women, but nevertheless He takes the bank, he goes forward, he doesn’t keep one and he is scheming all the time to do justice and know the truth”, he highlights, and from that enthusiasm also comes the desire not to let go of his creation. “I love Liam Neeson. He always makes the same movies, like you already know what the story is. And there is something that happens to me with Pipa and it is that I would like there to be more Pipas. In fact, the other day I told Mili that even though Flor Etcheves hasn’t written it, we have to do a fourth and a fifth”.
for the filming of Pipewhich took place in Buenos Aires, Salta and Tucumán and lasted two and a half months, Luisana returned, with her family, to the country after the quarantine. The one prior to her premiere finds her on vacation in Europe and very close to giving birth to her fourth child: “Sorry, I breathe like that”, she interrupts the interview after an extensive explanation. “I am pregnant and about to give birth. I’m sitting and it seems to me that I ran a marathon”, she says between laughs and as if the world does not know that she is about to enlarge the family that she formed with the Canadian musician Michael Bublé. And then she reveals that she first saw the movie with her family and that she “loved it”, but that she had to put her children to sleep when the plot begins to show more violent scenes.
“There are strong images that I don’t want you to see. They are small and they don’t like to see their mother with blood”, tells about Noah (8), Elías (6) and Vida (4 years). “I remember that they came to the set and I told them ‘it’s all a lie’, but of course, they don’t understand. They saw me all covered in blood, beaten, and they said to me, ‘But how? who hit you? ´. So I put them to sleep, ”he explains, and then dedicates a special paragraph to his life partner.
“My husband loved it and is very proud of me. He knows how much I work and how much energy I put into my profession and how much I like it.. He is the one who really sees me sleepless, studying, the one who sees me worried, the one who sees me stressed because I have to speak and say what I feel, what I don’t like. He is the one who accompanied me the most throughout this process. He too, every time he sees Pipa he looks at me and says ´Pipaaah´. Every time he shows up”, he highlights him, and laughs again. Is there a chance to see Buble doing even though he’s a It was if Pipa returns to the cinema? Lopilato hesitates. “What can she get herself to do?” she asks, and she dismisses the possibility of casting her husband as her villain. “I am very tempted to act with him, it is always something pending,” she assumes.
-After the premiere of Pipe on Netflix, is Hollywood still on your acting horizon?
I think I’ve already made it to Hollywood. I think this platform thing makes you reach Hollywood, Israel, Australia, all countries. And I think it opened a lot of doors for a lot of actors to work with. Even actors who didn’t have a job, directors, wardrobe teams, art teams… It opened up a range of job opportunities for everyone. It happens to me now that I live in Canada, that sometimes the moms at school who don’t know me ask me, what do you do? What did you do? And I tell them: “You have to watch my movies. I put Netflix and in a day you see the movies”. Now we have that ease that technology gave to the whole world.
Northern Argentina is not just another location in Pipe. “The choice has to do with the genre of the film, which is a western. Although it is in the present time and in Argentina. The western generally talks about the United States because it is a genre created in Hollywood, and the location was designed for that, it was the most logical thing to do”, reveals Montiel in dialogue with THE NATIONand highlights the richness of the country in relation to the landscapes it offers: “Here we have all the locations from south to north that you can have anywhere in the world,” he explains. On this occasion, the choice was easier to make because the story told by the film is not based on any novel by Etcheves, but rather was constructed by the writer together with Montiel and Roque Pitt.
“For the closing of the trilogy it seemed to me that I had to look for something else, that Pipa had to be somewhere else. On the other hand, I wanted to make a western, which isn’t in any of Flor’s novels either. And he also wanted her to be a mother. So we left the novels and made a free version. Pipa is completely emancipated from literature”, says the director, and highlights, like Lopilato, the good vibes in the team. Is there any possibility of taking up the story of the protagonist and turning the trilogy into a saga? “When we made the first film we made it for the cinema. Then Netflix liked it a lot and so we agreed with them to do two more. Obviously Pipa can continue. A very strong character was really established, very clear and that people like”, he confided.
In addition to the foray into the western, Pipe It stands out for its cast, most of them local actors, and for the choral nature of the story. “The casting obviously starts with Lu. And from there the idea was to find actors from the area,” Montiel explains, and explains his reasons: “Unlike what happens in the United States, here it happens a lot that you watch a movie despite being in other provinces speaking with all porteños I am a federalist and it seemed to me that speech had to be coherent. That’s why the actors also worked a lot with their trainers”. Montiel also celebrated the possibility of finding “great actors” that the fact of doing the casting in Santa and Jujuy gave him, the opportunity that it meant for local artists and how this decision gives the story another imprint: “It seems to me that you it makes me put into the movie in a different way”.
why see Pipe? Montiel unfolds the particularities of the film, and the end of the trilogy, to invite the public to play it on Netflix starting tomorrow. In addition, he highlights the production, the growth of the story and the character throughout the different stories and its more universal vision, which allows “expanding the entry of viewers from Latin America or anywhere in the world.” “It is a different kind of cinema than the one we are used to seeing produced in Argentina”, he completes. “I think the same as Ale. I think the people who saw the other movies are going to want to see it, and they can’t miss it! As an actress, I wish there were more Pipas. I’d love to”.