Sunday, 14, August, 2022

Pico da Neblina | Season 2 grows personal conflicts and changes the way ventures are viewed

Debuting July 3rd at HBO Max, the second season of Peak of fog arrives putting the discussion of marijuana legalization back on the agenda. However, as the actors themselves point out at a press conference, the series goes far beyond the issues surrounding drug legalization, goes deeper into personal relationships and the new year explores this element even more.

The screenwriter Rodrigo Batista reveals that this season the care was taken to increase the explored layers of the characters that were not explored much in the previous season, increasing the dramatic arcs of each of them.

And this is very evident in the first few episodes. the protagonist Luiz Navarro reinforces this view, commenting that “the coolest part is that the series is about a black man who has a family, this issue is very clear in the series, marijuana is a background, the real focus is the family dramas”.

Quico Meirelles complements saying that “not being a planchette is a quality of the work, approaching marijuana without openly trying to teach about drug use or not, ends up reaching the people more organically, who get involved in the drama of the characters”.

Pico da Neblina | 2ª temporada cresce os conflitos pessoais e muda a maneira como os empreendimentos são vistos 1
Pico da Neblina Season 2 / Image: HBO Max

The new season brings new challenges, both onscreen and off. With the recordings being carried out during the pandemic, some difficulties were encountered. The principal Ale Pellegrino confided that she joined the team this season and was very well received by the production. She comments that the big difference from the other recordings is in the rehearsals, this time carried out online and becoming a different way of working, equally functional for allowing the initial conversation before recording, but it differs a lot from the past.

Rodrigo Pesavento, also a director, says he “has caught the transition from quarantine to socializing again. Initially they were online meetings, moving on to filming following all the protocols of the pandemic. We carry out a test every 3 days, wear a mask, respect the distance and use an identification bracelet for those who can enter each part of the set.” He also shares a curiosity about the cigarettes smoked in the series, which this time instead of passing from mouth to mouth, he had to have a hidden job from the production to change each cigarette before the next actor put it in his mouth.

Peak of fog deal with taboos. Using a setting that shows marijuana legalized, there's a lot of prejudice going on in the way the show is viewed. On the legalization of marijuana, Henrique Santana has an interesting speech, commenting that “marijuana is already legalized in Brazil by the classes with great financial power, with more than 3 digits in the account, as they are not arrested and have no consequences. What the series brings as utopian is the access for other classes to undertake with this product in different ways, the access of these new people, the possibility for black women to open a marijuana cosmetics store without a bully, black families working with it in the kitchen without repressed”.

Leilah Moreno adds that “when I posted about my participation in the series, some people questioned about the subject of marijuana, weighing the immoral. When the series was released, all they talked about was the drama of each character and their conflicts, the identification with the events and they lost a lot of preconceptions about the subject”.

Pico da Neblina | 2ª temporada cresce os conflitos pessoais e muda a maneira como os empreendimentos são vistos 2
Luiz Navarro as Biriba in the 2nd season of Pico da Neblina / Image: HBO max

The plot of season 2 brings new directions to the lives of characters. Asked about the biggest lesson they learned from this new year, both for their personal and professional lives, Navarro jokes about “planting marijuana”.

Henrique Santana reveals “I learned that there is always someone trying to monopolize something that would be of common good. In this case, marijuana, power and social power. The series made that more and more clear.” Leiah Moreno, on the other hand, comments that she had “a great learning experience with the team and how to work with O2, their care is very great in working with people they identify with. The team takes care of having, for example, a black girl to take care of the black girl's hair. I hadn't noticed this difference, working with people who came from where I came from, this conviviality added a lot and I felt at home, in family for that”.

For Navarro, the growth was more in the professional area. The actor comments that this season he had the opportunity to be a script consultant and reveals that “this helped a lot in acting. Seeing the script work from the beginning helped me get into that world, I barely needed to run lines, as I had a different understanding of each scene.”

Daniel Furlan ends talking about privilege, for the interpreter of Vini, 'the character is important to make this contrast of how easy things are for him and he has no idea how normal this is for him. It is only in contrast to Biriba that he realizes these difficulties”.

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