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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Chicago International Film Festival>Wednesday's Highlights: Latino Showcase and more!
From Cuba and Colombia
to Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Spain, these films spotlight the fresh
and vibrant work of emerging and established filmmakers from the
Meet the Filmmaker: Jorge Perez Solano, director of La Tirisia
What inspired you to start your career as a filmmaker?
My like for watching movies emerged from a film that
I saw in Huajuapan de Leon, the city I was born. The film was shown
from a soft drink delivery truck, it must have been a movie about “The
Saint, the man in a silver mask.” I got so excited about what I saw that
even now I have nice memories of that event. I must have been like five
or six years old. What emotions do you feel your film evokes in the audience?
Happiness when they see Cheba feeling happy with
her son and Canelita with his life, anger because of Silvestres behavior
regarding his step-daughter, sadness because of the way Serafina treats
her daughter and because of Chebas decision, uncertainty when they see
that lack of values and perpetual sadness when they realize that a lot
of peoples lives are far from happiness. What memorable events happened during the production of La Tirisia?
When I started to write the script, I went to
Zapotitlan Salinas to know the area. I arrived at one of the three small
hotels in town. After I registered, the owner asked me about the reason
for my visit; I told him that I was making a film and we continue
talking about the place without mentioning the topic; I came back three
more times and he asked me how my film was going. I made comments about
the progress but I had the feeling he didn’t believe me.
When I arrived with part of the equipment and started talking about
money and dates he started to believe me but it wasn’t until I gave him
the first pay that he realized it was serious. In the middle of the
shooting he said to me: “I thought you were a bricklayer rather than a
film director”. Well, now he asks me to make another film so that he can
continue building his hotel, but I only offer him my bricklaying
services. What did you learn from working on La Tirisia?
That there are still a lot of stories to be told and places to be discovered. What film and/or director inspired you?
Two films from Arturo Ripstein: The Castle of Purity and The No-Limits Place. What are you looking forward to most this year at the festival?
I hope that many Mexicans go and see the film. I made Spiral and Perpetual Sadness thinking about those people that have to get out of their towns to find a better life.
Scheduled to attend screenings of La Tirisia on 10/14 at 8:00 PM and on 10/15 at 8:00 PM to answer more of your questions!
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