Making cinema in Latin America is a challenge for thousands of young orphaned filmmakers from a state without cultural fondness. On the part of the creator, the difficulties also lie in his economic and educational scarcity and ignorance about the distribution of his works. Now that the world is slowly recovering from the pandemic, the future for artists takes on a more frightening face.
“Each country has a different situation regarding its audiovisual production and the resources they have to do this,” explains the producer. Axel Kuschevatzky to the newspaper La República before reflecting on the attitude of an artist behind the scenes who seeks to make his way in difficult times for the industry, within the framework of the festival FACIUNI 2021.
“Everyone feels that they do not have all the tools they would like,” he declares, recalling that the pandemic forced them to reinvent themselves and be creative in the face of limitations. In any case, “there is no worse movie than the one that does not exist. It is better to fail than to do nothing. Write, film, put your energy into it so that it exists ”, he advises Peruvian filmmakers and the rest of Latin America.
“A few years ago, Guillermo del Toro told me: ‘The natural state of films does not exist … if the greatest number of films on earth never go beyond being a project, they never go from being nothing, and what who remembers them? ‘ They are like pens and umbrellas that get lost and never come back. We cannot cry over projects that do not exist. We can cry about the projects that exist, even if they are not perfect ”, he recalled.
True to his beliefs, Kuschevatzky emphasizes that “there is no perfect movie.” As he explains, no critic can rate a film using absolute criteria, when not even the creator himself dares to brag about his work: When you talk to people who made a great film and you tell them ‘it’s a masterpiece’, they look at you and They say ‘Yes, it went well.’
Once that was cleared up, he advised young filmmakers to get out of their comfort zone and plan beyond the glamorous shoot so that their works reach the world, whether on the big screen or on the small screen. For him, the scope and punch of a story is a very interesting but possible challenge with the South Korean feature film Parasite as the main example.
“If today you have to establish a narrative that you know unequivocally has to reach everyone, how do you do not lose your local identity? How do you make it accessible and relevant to people living in totally different cultures? Parasite is the demonstration that a solid and attractive narrative connects viewers regardless of their country of origin ”, he explained.
Along the same lines, the producer celebrated the contributions of the digital age: instantaneity and scope. “For me it is an invaluable gift. It is a global phenomenon that makes us reach places that with the traditional medium is not possible many times (…) One must think about which medium is best for him as the first escape to the world ”, he concluded.
What is FACIUNI Fest?
On August 26, the new edition of the virtual film festival will take place. With the aim of promoting international academic integration, making visible and rewarding the extraordinary work carried out by the new generation of filmmakers, Latin American professionals and film references, they will reflect on modern audiovisual activity within the framework of digitization.
Access to the event is completely free and will be available through www.faciuni.com.
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