Bruna is a teenager who is exploring her sexuality. Through an online dating program, you start a relationship that will surpass your spirit and make you confront the freedom of your body; helping her reconnect with her true identity.
This is the synopsis of the feature film by the young Peruvian filmmaker Andrea Hoyos placeholder image (26) that is competing in the Official section of the Lima Film Festival.
“From a very young age, since I started studying cinema, I began to understand feminism as such and my activism began to be an important part of my life, of my spaces. So, it was inevitable that this is reflected in my work or, in any case, in what I wanted to do, which was cinema ”, he tells us about his interest in the broad world of adolescents. “I was 23 when I did Autoerotica, the age when activism and cinema came together. It was like putting the things that I was questioning at that moment in my life “, tells us.
“There are filmmakers younger than me in Peru and I like that. I want there to be more young female filmmakers, I know there are. I think it is important to have fresher looks. It is good that this generation also tells and expose their problems, “he says.
Do you think that in certain sectors it is still a taboo to talk about the sexual life of young people?
I think so, we live in a very chauvinistic and re-contradictory and transodying country. So, I think it is very difficult to really express your sexuality as much as sexual orientation in a country that is also super-hostile with women and not only with them but with communities such as LGTB +, with minorities. That also speaks of the classism and racism that we live. But it is also a time when, in fact, it is increasingly being seen that women and people LGTB they take spaces in the discussions, they have leadership positions, but it is still not enough. We are also talking about an industry, for example, the cinema, in which last year during the pandemic there were complaints against many film directors and audiovisual workers. So, I think that at least speaking from my area of work, the cinema is a very violent field for us. And on second thought, I am a teacher and I put myself in the shoes of my students, gay or trans male boys or girls who may be on trial in this country. In fact, it’s something that makes me very sad and I think about a lot.
The complaints that appeared last year were, apparently, just there.
Yes, they are complaints that do not advance, that do not proceed, that in reality they want that they do not proceed. They (the defendants) continue to live their life as if nothing had happened and society accepts that, when in truth there are a lot. There were a lot of girls who dropped out of their careers and now, suddenly, they could be good directors or they would be finishing their studies. Fortunately, The Union of Audiovisual and Film Workers of Peru (Sinca Peru) has drawn up a protocol against harassment. It was something we didn’t have and that’s a great job of them. But I think that all schools, universities and filming must respect that type of protocol so that we can work calmly.
For those of you who haven’t seen Autoerotica yet, what do you mean by this story?
That we have to start looking around us and realize that there are people who are always there, people who will accompany us to the end, no matter what happens to us. You always have to turn to see our mothers, friends, teachers and, in general, life.