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LatinoBuzz: interview with Rosario Garcia-Montero

Rosario Garcia-Montero who has studied film in Lima, NYC and in San Antonio de los Baños garnered numerous awards and nominations for 'Las Malas Intenciones' (Bad Intentions), her first feature length film which premiered at Berlin back in February and was chosen by Peru as their official entry for Best Foreign Film to The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. In 'Las Malas Intenciones', a beautifully dark and amusing film, 9 year old Cayetana, played precociously by Fatima Buntinx, finds solace in martyred heroes from Peru's bloody past during the turbulent 80's when guerrilla attacks were an ever present threat. Rosario, in her own words, considers herself the “slowest blossoming new face of independent film”but with a debut as memorable enough for me to think it was truly one of the best films of 2012, she's right on time.

LatinoBuzz: It seems that some Latin American filmmakers are exorcising their countries demons through their work and art – would you say that was true when making 'Las Malas Intenciones'?

Rosario Garcia-Montero:When making the bad intentions. I definitely exorcised 5 or 6 demons, 30 smaller demons a few children phobias, but also I exorcised my country collective demons and some of the upper classes.

To give a small example, I even fixed some of Peru’s needs for some triumphs. I made Peru beat Brazil 6-0 in soccer! But I've also too exorcised demons and the collective trauma of certain social classes.

LatinoBuzz:Your lead character, Cayetana has all the markings of a classic coming of age character. If she had to form a circle of misfit friends made up of characters from other coming of age films, who would they be?

Rosario Garcia-Montero: 'Let The Right One In' –vampire girl. 'Spirit of the Beehive', Ana & her Frankenstein friend. The Romanian girl from the film 'The Fall'. The arrogant 'Rushmore' boy and the girl burning her dead animals in Rene Clement's 'Jeux Interdits'. And most of the characters in my short films like the Indian mortician from 'Are You Feeling Lonely?' All of these characters would keep Cayetana company, because what do they have in common? They all have in common this sense of not fitting in.

LatinoBuzz: 'Las Malas Intenciones' is your first feature film – what kind of feeling was it to have your whole country supporting you and pushing you to be only the 2nd foreign film nomination from Peru?

Rosario Garcia-Montero: In Peru we're always torn between sentiments, but nevertheless, these types of events are what unite and raise the esteem of a country. This kind of news generated great expectations in the entire population and mobilized and united different sectors who generally are very antagonistic towards each other.

LatinoBuzz: How was your experience in raising money for the film?

Rosario Garcia-Montero:It's an experience that begins and never ends. To make films in Peru was and is heroic.

LatinoBuzz: Where do you see Peruvian cinema in 5 years time? And what do you see your role in it?

Rosario Garcia-Montero: In the 90s some years maybe 1 or 2 films were made. That was our reality. After that a new generation began. Now I think we have more than 20 films a year, so that is real progress. I see myself in that next wave.

LatinoBuzz: The film has a great sequence in which Cayetana shows her admiration for Historical Peruvian figures such as Tupac Amaru, Jose Oyala & Miguel Grau. Who have been your own personal heroes in life?

Rosario Garcia-Montero: Cayetana has admiration for people who have left a mark on the collective Peruvian imagination. But personally, Cassavetes, Buñuel and my personal hero and to whom I dedicated this film is Maria Jimena Pinilla, my big sister.

LatinoBuzz: Who do you think Cayetana grows up to be?

Rosario Garcia-Montero: She might become an archeologist or digging graveyards. Or ghost hunter trying to communicate with the dead heroes. But there is always a chance that she becomes a filmmaker.

Once I asked my little actress Fatima Buntinx–during the shoot what she wanted to be when she grow up and she said: “I want to be a mother”

LatinoBuzz: Usually the process of a writer is a lonely one. How did you feel once you started shooting 'Las malas....' and all of a sudden you had to share these characters with the world and they now no longer belonged just to you?

Rosario Garcia-Montero: It's shocking to be 5 years writing a script and then suddenly a 1st Ad begins to chop up your film in scenes, sequences, inserts - the film shoot looked more like a brick factory factory and you worry about the creative process. At the end in the editing and sound process the film recovered its beauty. So now I learned that you have to faith that things at the end will work out. It's an interesting lesson in learning to trust others.

LatinoBuzz: What made you believe that you could, against any odds, become a filmmaker?

Rosario Garcia-Montero:I always said, only when I finish my first feature film that I will be able to write down on the immigration information papers that you fill out on the planes: ”Occupation: Filmmaker”. Before I would write “Occupation: Parasite”. So it’s a matter of perseverance, the parasite which transforms elegantly into filmmaker.

LatinoBuzz: I loved that you used an Afro-Peruvian character, which is seldom seen in South American films. Did you write the character with that description?

Rosario Garcia-Montero: Im glad you ask about him. I love Melchor Gorrochategui (who plays Isaac). He was one of the most amazing casting “accidents”. In Peru when you are trying to cast Afro-Peruvian actors, there is very few. So I began looking for real characters in the street. The first casting call I did, all the non actors came to my casting they felt intimidated by the lights and cameras and literally escaped. So I found a new casting person that would go to their homes and have tiny camera. Melchor had never acted and he had never driven a car, so sometimes instead of rehearsing we would make him learn how to drive. Yes, it is true that in a certain high class in Lima, employees were black. So Issac in a way speaks of this Lima, disappearing with him. An old Lima. Finally, he is being replaced by a bodyguard who tells us that everything has changed and not necessarily for the better. Issac is a melancholy character. He's like a flame that extinguishes but one of the few that connects with Cayetana.

LatinoBuzz: Was there a particular film or filmmaker that inspired the aesthetic of 'Las Malas...'

Rosario Garcia-Montero: 'The Return', a film from Russia that I watched with my cinematographer. The way they use the color desaturation. Cassavetes' 'Faces', for the rawest acting. Buñuel – 'The Exterminating Angel', one of the most inspiring films. Fellini's 'Notti Di Cabiria', greatest character study. And 'Jeux Interdits' - darkest film from the 50's. A sleeper.

Written by Juan Caceres and Vanessa Erazo, LatinoBuzz is a weekly feature on SydneysBuzz that highlights Latino indie talent and upcoming trends in Latino film with the specific objective of presenting a broad range of Latino voices. Follow @LatinoBuzz on twitter.
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LatinoBuzz Asks Programmers: What is Your Top 5 Latino Films of 2012?

A look back at 2012 reveals an undeniable fact, it has been a great year for Latino film. Sundance started the year off strong with films like Aurora Guerrero’s sweet and tender Mosquita y Mari and Marialy Rivas’ rambunctious Joven y Alocada (Young & Wild). Gina Rodriguez broke out in Filly Brown, as a rapper who needs to make it big so she can raise money to get her mom out of jail. In the film, Jenni Rivera played the part of Filly’s mom in her first, and sadly last, movie role.

There was also a strong Latin American presence at Cannes this past summer, boasting films from Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. It might as well have been called Mexi-Cannes, with Mexican films winning awards across all main sections of the festival. Carlos Reygadas was honored as the Best Director for his controversial film Post Tenebras Lux, despite having received boos at its premiere screening. The prize for the Critics’ Week section went to Aquí y Allá (Here and There) and Después de Lucía (After Lucia) won the top prize for Un Certain Regard.

It’s been an especially favorable year for Chilean cinema. The New York Film Festival, in its 50th edition this past Fall, included three highly anticipated films by Pablo Larraín, Valeria Sarmiento, and the late Raúl Ruiz. And Chile continued to outshine the rest of the region by winning two top spots at the Festival Internacional de Nuevo Cine Latino de La Habana (the Havana Film Festival) just a few days ago. Pablo Larraín’s No, starring Gael Garcia Bernal, won the First Coral Prize. It’s a brilliant take on the real life story of an advertising campaign that ousted General Pinochet from power during a shining moment in Chilean politics. Violeta se fue a los cielos (Violeta Went To Heaven), a biopic about internationally famous Violeta de la Parra, a Chilean singer, songwriter, and poet won the Second Prize.

Whether it was at Cannes, Sundance, or countless other festivals, Latino films were winning award after award this year and even getting distribution (albeit usually in limited release). With the flurry of activity surrounding the region’s filmmaking, it can be hard to keep up with it all. Thankfully, there are professionals who get paid to keep track of what movies are receiving accolades, have the most buzz, and got picked up for distribution. LatinoBuzz went straight to the experts, film programmers, to ask, “What’s your top 5 Latino films of 2012?”

Carlos Gutierrez, Co-Founder and Director of Cinema Tropical

In no particular order, a list of five Latin American films that made it to Us screens in the past year (some of them are a couple of years old), which I highly recommend.

De Jueves a Domingo (Thursday Till Sunday), Director: Dominga Sotomayor, Chile

O Som ao Redor (Neighboring Sounds), Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho, Brazil

El Estudiante, Director: Santiago Mitre, Argentina

El Velador, Director: Natalia Almada, Mexico

El Lugar Más Pequeño (The Tiniest Place), Director: Tatiana Huezo, Mexico/El Salvador

Juan Caceres, Director of Programming at the New York International Latino Film Festival

Mosquita y Mari is a gorgeous film full of heart. Marialy Rivas (Director of Joven y Alocada) is an incredibly exciting new voice in Latin American cinema. She's fearless and full of love. I'm a huge fan of Lucy Mulloy (Director of Una Noche). She draws these wonderful performances from non-professional actors. A natural at using the lens to tell a story. In Las Malas Intenciones Fatima Buntinx plays the lead perfectly. Andres Wood made a beautiful film called 'Machuca', that captured the soul of Chile in the 70's and he does the same with a bio-pic of Violeta Parra, a folk singer who was a part of 'La Nueva Canción Chilena'.

Mosquita y Mari, Director: Aurora Guerrero, USA

Joven y Alocada (Young and Wild), Director: Marialy Rivas, Chile

Una Noche, Director: Lucy Mulloy, Cuba

Violeta Se Fue A Los Cielos (Violeta Went to Heaven), Director: Andrés Wood, Chile

Las Malas Intenciones (The Bad Intentions), Director: Rosario García-Montero, Perú

Christine Davila, Programming Associate at Sundance Film Festival

There are way too many Latino films and not enough coverage on American Latino films so with that -- mine are going to be strictly American Latino films.

Los Chidos, Director: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, USA/Mexico

Mosquita y Mari, Director: Aurora Guerrero, USA

Elliot Loves, Director: Terracino, USA

Aquí y Allá (Here and There), Director: Antonio Méndez Esparza, USA/Spain/Mexico

Love, Concord, Director: Gustavo Guardado, USA

Lisa Franek, Artistic Director at the San Diego Latino Film Festival

Just 5?? That's tough! In Filly Brown, Gina Rodriguez turns in a great performance, and I expect to see more great things from her very soon. No, I saw at Cannes, and it was fascinating, especially in contrast to Larraín's previous (amazing) films. La Hora Cero has unforgettable scenes and characters! La Mujer de Ivan has amazing acting, and I believe Maria de Los Angeles Garcia is definitely a talent to watch. Reportero is also fantastic.

La Mujer de Iván, Director: Francisca Silva, Chile

No, Director: Pablo Larraín, Chile/France/USA

La Hora Cero, Director: Diego Velasco, Venezuela

Reportero, Director: Bernardo Ruiz, USA/Mexico

Filly Brown, Directors: Youssef Delara, Michael D. Olmos, USA

Marcela Goglio, Programmer for Latinbeat at The Film Society of Lincoln Center

Las Acacias, Director: Pablo Giorgelli, Argentina

As Cançoes (Songs), Director: Eduardo Coutinho, Brazil

Unfinished Spaces, Directors: Alyssa Nahmias & Benjamin Murray, USA

O Som ao Redor (Neighboring Sounds), Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho, Brazil

Aquí y Allá (Here and There), Director: Antonio Méndez Esparza, USA/Spain/Mexico

Pepe Vargas, Executive Director of the International Latino Cultural Center and Chicago Latino Film Festival

Not an easy task to come up with 5 titles - there are so many good movies.

La Piel que Habito (The Skin I Live In)

Director: Pedro Almodóvar, Spain

Salvando al Soldado Pérez, (Saving Private Perez)

Director: Beto Gómez, Mexico

Un Cuento Chino (Chinese Take-Out)

Director: Sebastián Borensztein, Argentina/Spain

Lobos de Arga (Game of Werewolves)

Director: Juan Martínez Moreno, Spain

Mariachi Gringo

Director: Tom Gustafson, USA/Mexico

Amalia Cordova, Coordinator of the Latin American Program at the Film and Video Center of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Granito, Director: Pamela Yates, USA/Guatemala/Spain

Desterro Guarani, Directors: Patricia Ferreira y Ariel Duarte Ortega, Brazil

Violeta Se Fue A Los Cielos (Violeta Went to Heaven), Director: Andrés Wood, Chile

5 x Favela – Agora por nós Mesmos (5 x Favela, Now by Ourselves), Directors: Manaíra Carneiro, Wagner Novais, Cacau Amaral, Rodrigo Felha, Luciano Vidigal, Cadu Barcelos, and Luciana Bezerra, Brazil

Un Cuento Chino (Chinese Take-Out), Director: Sebastián Borensztein, Argentina/Spain

Written by Juan Caceres and Vanessa Erazo, LatinoBuzz is a weekly feature on SydneysBuzz that highlights Latino indie talent and upcoming trends in Latino film with the specific objective of presenting a broad range of Latino voices. Follow @LatinoBuzz on twitter.
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Slackery News Tidbits, July 24

Here's the latest in Austin film news.

So long, TV networks? Austin Business Journal reported that media experts predict Web productions, such as those produced by Transmedia Austin in the newly renovated Austin Studios, are the future. Locally produced Web series Ain't It Cool With Harry Knowles, Weatherman With Kelli Bland and The Quiet Girl's Guide to Violence have utilized traditional advertisement models, corporate branding and websites such as Kickstarter to finance their projects.Speaking of Austin Studios, Austin City Hall was transformed into an Arizona location last Thursday for an episode of the second season of ABC Family's The Lying Game, Kxan reported. The series, about a teenager in foster care who switches places with her long-lost identical twin sister in hopes of uncovering the truth of their separation, is primarily filmed at the 20-acre production facility.Austin-based Ipf Productions has been invited to the inaugural Fantasia Industry
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Los Angeles Film Festival 2011

Updated through 6/27.

This year's Los Angeles Film Festival, running through June 26, opens tonight with the latest from Richard Linklater, and Steven Zeitchik talks with him for the Los Angeles Times: "'It was my most difficult one to get made,' he said flatly. 'It took 12 years to happen, and even then it was tough. People can say shooting in 22 days makes a movie better. It doesn't.' … Bernie is a shaggy, idiosyncratic work, possibly the strangest yet in a career full of strangeness. Set in the small town of Carthage, Texas, it tells of an effeminate, musical-loving mortician named Bernie Tiede [Jack Black] who befriends and then commits a horrible crime against a repressed wealthy matriarch [Shirley MacLaine], leaving him to face the wrath of a local prosecutor [Matthew McConaughey]. The movie is a dramatization of an actual case — the script was based on a 1998 Texas Monthly article about Tiede, and Linklater, who attended Tiede's trial,
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L.A Film Fest - Opening Night Film Announced

The Los Angeles Film Festival has announced the world premiere of Richard Linklater's Bernie as the opening night film for the 2011 festival.

The film will kick off the festival on June 16 at Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 at L.A. Live. It is written by Skip Hollandsworth and director Linklater and stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey.

The film follows a beloved mortician (Black) from a small Texas town, even winning over the town's richest, meanest widow (MacLaine). Even after Bernie commits a horrible crime, people still will not utter a bad word against him.

"We're thrilled to be opening the Festival with the world premiere of this delicious black comedy - a treat from one of the most original and exciting voices in independent film, Richard Linklater," said Festival director Rebecca Yeldham. "With its fabulous all-star cast, Bernie is a perfect stage setter for the incredible line-up of
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This Week In Trailers: Grave Encounters, Killer God, Las Malas Intenciones (The Bad Intentions), Cross, PressPausePlay

This Week In Trailers: Grave Encounters, Killer God, Las Malas Intenciones (The Bad Intentions), Cross, PressPausePlay
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? PressPausePlayTrailer If there are creative nerds out there, and I know there are dozens of you who are more adept than I with knowing how
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