The sun is rising in the Alhambra. The Palace city is waking up under the attentive gaze of spotlights and cameras. The Catholic monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand enter the courtyard of the Lions, the Kingdom of Granada is theirs… “Silence!” shouts the director’s assistant. They are filming the series ‘Isabel’…
Time seems to have stood still and history is now being played out before our very eyes five centuries later. It is still dark, but Jordi Frades the director of the popular series broadcast by Spanish national broadcaster, TVE, has everything ready for when Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon, played by Michelle Jenner and Rodolfo Sancho, take the stage protected by the Royal guard. They walk around, they gaze into each other’s eyes and they listen to the murmur of the water as it springs from the Lions’ mouths… Words are unnecessary. “Cut”… “Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen “, adds the director’s assistant.
And onto the next scene. The team from Diagonal TV and a hundred odd extras and technicians hired in Granada have been working meticulously on each shot, which means that hardly any takes have to be repeated. “Everything is flowing according to plan” says Frades after finishing the first sequence, while emphasizing “how lucky we are to experience such a unique event…. Sunrise in the heart of the Alhambra”.
Just over two hours later and the scene has shifted to the Partal Gardens where we find two opposing visions of life: Boabdil, his head down, distraught, and Ferdinand and Isabella, full of renewed love after their latest conquest, the Alhambra. Undoubtedly the most emotional moment arrives when Isabella and Ferdinand kiss in front of the pond at the Partal. All this is scheduled to reach our screens in October in the second season of the series.
Almost 100 people from Granada have walked up to the Red Hill (Al Hamra in English) this morning to watch the filming of the series Isabel on the Esplanade next to the Gate of Justice, where they have seen the sequence in which Ferdinand and Isabella enter the Alhambra on horseback followed by members of the Royal court.
The Director of the Council of the Alhambra and Generalife, María del Mar Villafranca, said that it was “thrilling” to witness “our own history” at first hand in a place such as the Alhambra. The filming, which continued until the early hours of the evening ended in the Alcazaba, with various scenes in which Morayma suffers seeing her son Ahmed being taken prisoner by the Christians, under the watchful eye of Boabdil, whom we also see bidding farewell to his city.
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Isabel de Castilla y Fernando de Aragón ´regresan´a la Alhambra
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