After a long wait for fans of the wizarding universe, “Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore” hit theaters yesterday (14). The third film in the franchise, which takes place decades before the history of Harry Potter, brings a surprise to Brazilian fans: the participation of Maria Fernanda Cândido as Vicência Santos.
in chat with splash, in Parque Lage, South Zone of Rio, location of one of the scenes in the film, Maria Fernanda recalls the challenges of recording history during the height of the pandemic in Europe. For her, who is 47 years old and has nearly 35 years of career, these were challenging moments.
We were together now in London and everyone commented on how we had a feeling of accomplishment and victory for making this film at the height of the pandemic… We lived through moments of demonstration of resilience.
“One of the most important scenes of Vicência Santos happened and we had to interrupt it due to security protocol. This scene was suspended for days and days. After a week, I went to resume it and continue from that moment when the people stopped. These are challenging situations that you face and never forget”, he recalls.
But the challenges started long before, still in the casting test, which was remote. Living in France with her husband, businessman Petrit Spahija, she had the help of her children — Thomas (16) and Nicolas (13) — to shoot the video and send it to production. The invitation to the test came through Maria Fernanda’s European agent.
“One fine day she called me and an audition had arrived for me, an audition for Maria Fernanda. She didn’t know the project because it was confidential, but she understood that it was a big and important thing. She asked me to audition and I did It was at the height of the pandemic, so I had to do it alone at home, ask my children, my husband for help. Then, we delivered it on a Monday, on Tuesday night the answer came that character was mine”, he recalls.
At that moment, she still didn’t know it was “Fantastic Beasts”. The name of the film was only revealed after the signing of the contract and confidentiality clauses. Maria Fernanda’s children, of course, were “overjoyed” to learn that her mother would be in the production.
“In their childhood, we watched ‘Fantastic Beasts’ in the cinema. So, it was a universe I knew. Now, absolute fans are they, who know the characters and the stories. They were very happy when I said I was going to do this one. movie,” he says.
Who is Vicencia Santos?
In the story, Vicência is the Minister of Magic of the United States of Brazil and is running for the position of Supreme Chief of the International Confederation of Wizards. This election could change the course of the wizarding world.
“It’s a cameo. There are few scenes, I don’t say much, however, she has a function, a strong presence. So, I tried to study all the other characters, everything that was happening around her to understand why she was there. A supporting work. He is the one who observes, who is present, it is not what is driving the action, but what he reacts to what they are doing. I love this type of work, it gives me a lot of pleasure to do.” , account.
The third film sees Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) teaming up with magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his fantastical creatures to stop the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) and his legion of followers.
“The central theme of the film brings two thoughts: that there is a superior group and another group that thinks differently, that people (wizards and non-witches) can live in harmony and equality. “, he explains.
Maria Fernanda does not know if Vicência will continue in the next films of the saga, which already has two more productions confirmed, but she hopes that she will continue with democratic ideals when taking power.
“Vicência shows very clear signs that it is more aligned with democratic thinking, with this democratic way of governing. … I would expect her to follow this line and, especially, as a woman in power, she can, in fact, bring a new form of governance to the world”, she says.
It is not Maria Fernanda’s first international project. She has recorded productions in Italy and France. In addition to promoting “Fantastic Animals”, she is currently recording a project for TV Cultura that honors the 200th anniversary of the Brazilian Republic from the point of view of the native peoples. Afterwards, she travels to Paris, where she will give a monologue with pianist Sonia Rubinsky.
“What really interests me are good projects, regardless of whether this project is going to take place in Japan, Brazil, Europe, it doesn’t matter. What matters is the text, the work, the story, the character and the directors”, he ponders. .