Biography Alex Brendemühl
Alex Brendemühl studied at the Theater Institute of Barcelona. He began his career on stage and then began to act in television, where he has participated in numerous TV series and movies. His first leading role was in A Bench in the Park, directed by Agustí Vila (1998). The Hours of the Day (Jaime Rosales, 2002), which won the Critics Award at Cannes, led him to act in the movie In the city (Cesc Gay, 2002), Unconscious (Joaquín Oristrell, 2004) and Remake (Roger Gual, 2005). Brendemühl is also co-writer for Me (Rafa Cortés, 2007), winner of the Revelation Film Critics at Cannes. For his performance in this film, along with his performance in 53 Winter Days and in The Silence Before Bach, he won the Sant Jordi Award for Best Actor in 2008. The success of Me encouraged him to direct his first short film, Worstward ho (Rumbo a Peor, 2009), which was in competition in the official selection of Cannes Film Festival.
Notes on Worstward ho
“My generation was the one that grew up with the Spanish transition to democracy. During the 90s, it was called Generation X, the one with Winona Rider and the Commodore 64. Disoriented people who were late for everything (for the revolutions of the 70s, for the punk movement during the 80s). Without an ideology or reasons to fight for. Apparently, they had it easy; everything had already been done by their older siblings. They soon realized that the future wasn’t where they thought it would be. Some lost souls dwell in this space. Two gentlemen dressed as football players, characters in a never-ending quest for some satisfaction, eternal teenagers capable of emanating tenderness and incapable of anything else.
Like in the buddy movies, there are two men who for some reason, are doomed to embark on a trip together, without really wanting to though deep down they are an extension of each other. They are not self-sufficient and one of them alone wouldn’t be enough for a woman. The woman is a mistress of the road, someone who couldn’t allow herself to be loved, because life hasn’t let her. She’s not of the same age, she’s from Generation Y, someone who knows what she wants, but doesn’t know how to deal with feelings. The film characters are easily recognizable archetypes. They, dressed as football players, she, as a whore. They are united by their footwear, totally inappropriate for the occasion. They are losers who travel through nature, loaded with failure.” - Alex Brendemühl