Fishing for Dreams
Chepe Fortuna, a local fisherman and the social leader of El Tiburón, dreams of becoming the mayor of his neighborhood and take his people out of poverty and give them a better future. Niña Cabrales, a young lady born into one of the most outstanding families in the coast has returned from Spain with the dream of carrying out several ecological projects, especially to help fishermen in El Tiburón.
Chepe and Niña have never met. Yet, they constantly dream of each other. Besides, Chepe was born with the gift of interpreting dreams, although he has never been able to interpret his own. Very soon, however, he will learn that the dream he had in which he helped a mermaid with Niña Cabrales face is a clear sign in his life that will take him close to power and to the girl of his dreams.
Aníbal Conrado,-Niña´s is fiancée, is running for the city hall and launching his political campaign at the maritime club. He has plans to marry Niña once she is back from Barcelona. But Chepe Fortuna is irruption in his life will ruin his projects: to marry Niña and keep the money she has inherited from her deceased father.
Chepe leads the people from El Tiburón into a demonstration; they break into the maritime club during a press conference with the idea of returning to the politicians the gas pipes they left scattered around the neighborhood some years ago when they promised to set up a new aqueduct and a sewer system they was never built although they are charging exorbitant amounts for water facilities the locals do not have.
Aníbal and Chepe have a serious verbal confrontation in front of all the journalists. On leaving the club, after making a fool of Anibal, Chepe sees the woman of his dreams get out of a luxurious car. She is Niña Cabrales who is on her way to meet with Anibal. Niña and Chepe catch sight of each other at the club is door and realize that the mermaid and the fisherman they have seen in their dreams are not just a figment of their imagination. But, will they ever meet again? Certainly, they will and not precisely in their dreams.
Part of Aníbal Conrado is political campaign is based on the enhancement of the navy company owned by the Cabrales in partnership with his own family. As this company is located in El Tiburón, Chepe and his people come up with an idea to hinder Anibal plans. This is how the Shark Operation is set in motion. Their main objective is to spread terror during a very important festivity carried out every year in the coastal Caribbean towns. By wearing sharks fins and tanks of oxygen, they try to make townspeople believe that the part of the port included in the project is full of sharks and that the construction of new premises would imply a huge ecological assassination. In fact, the real aim of the operation is to attract the public opinion and mainly the support of environmental groups throughout the country.
However, contrary to Chepe is expectations, the plan does not prove successful. During the festivity, Anibal Corrado faces the faked sharks and shoots his harpoon, deadly wounding Chepe in front of Niña Cabrales and her cousin Carolina, recently crowned Caribbean Queen. Niña and Chepe meet once again but this time she is the one that will save his life. She will also become his protector in hundreds of different ways. The close connection between Chepe and Niña will give rise to an impossible love story, framed within political confrontations, popular dreams, economic interests and unexpected situations, finally reuniting the rich Cabrales with the poor fishermen of El Tiburón.
A love story spiced with Caribbean traditions, touches of humor and a good deal of romanticism. Let the sound of the accordions take you around the world of navy companies and dreams. Let the amusing characters of this town remind you of the magic realism that lies in our minds
ARGUMENTS AND SCRIPT: MIGUEL ÁNGEL BAQUERO, ELOÍSA INFANTE
DIRECTION: MARIO RIBERO
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: JOHN BOLÍVAR
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: CONSUELO SANTAMARÍA
PRODUCTION MANAGER : ANA PERALTA
ART DIRECTOR: JULIÁN ORTÍZ
COSTUME DESIGNER: MARGARITA FORERO
ATMOSPHERE: JAVIER CÁRDENAS
COSTUME DESIGNER: GERSON PARRA
DESIGNER OF SCENERY: LILIANA CORTÉS, FERNANDO SANTOS
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: JUAN CARLOS RODRÍGUEZ
EDITION: PAOLA MEJÍA
MUSIC: JUANCHO PULIDO, PABLO TEDESKI
DIRECTOR OF DREAMS: RAFAEL TAIBO
ASSISTANT OF SCRIPT: SANDRA VECINO
GENERAL PRODUCTION: MIGUEL ÁNGEL BAQUERO, ELOÍSA INFANTE
DURATION: 151 x 60" EST.
Aged 42. She is Niña’s mother and Rodrigo’s widow. She expects Jeremias to die soon so as to inherit more money than the amount she would receive from her deceased husband. She is involved with Aníbal Conrrado, her son-in law to be. Both of them have the same aim: to keep the navy company and the Cabrales’ fortune. She is not very talkative and loves to ooze venom around.
Aged 56. She is Niña’s grandmother. Because of her diabetes, she is confined to bed. She judges people according to their family names, without even knowing them. She is manipulative and bossy, her word is a command. She is witty enough to tell when she is being cheated or when she is not told the truth. She does not get along with Malvina, her daughter in law. She only stands her because she is Niña’s mother. She is the typical coastal matriarch; her consent and advice are a must.
Aged 65. He is the father of three: Rosalía, Asunción and Rodrigo, the eldest, who died in a boat accident. Niña is Rodrigo’s daughter and the apple of Jeremías’ eyes. Jeremias is a strong believer who never fails to go to mass on Sundays. His wife Ursula suffers from diabetes and is confined to bed. The Caribbean people reckon him as a standard of progress in the area for the great support he has given to the region from the navy company he inherited from his wife’s family.
Aged 23. She was born into one of the wealthiest families of the coast. She is young and cheerful, nice and plain, with a broad smile on her face and a high degree of social concern. Injustice affects her deeply; for this reason, when fighting for the helpless she is very often reckoned as Joan of Arc, although that is not well seen in girls her class. Even though she has a boyfriend, Chepe will teach her the true meaning of love.
Aged 25. Born into a humble family but with high school studies, a degree he was able to get with blood, sweat and tears since he has worked as a fisherman since his early years. He was born with the gift of interpreting dreams. He’s intelligent, practical, romantic and a daydreamer, an optimistic and righteous young man. Even though he abides by the law, his hate for injustice has turned him into the community leader of Tiburón, the neighborhood where he lives.