The movies He can no longer stay in an office where everything is decided: story, script, cast. On the contrary, it has to go out into the streets, fill up with people, listen to their lives and transform itself. This is the cinema Ainhoa Rodríguez, the Spanish director who presented his debut film in Mexico Brave Flasha film that he made “with his guts”, that is, feeling it
In an interview, he confesses that doing Brave Flash it came from “something almost profoundly selfish”: you satisfy a creative need. YOUR creative need.
And that may have happened, but the result, so full of community, so shared, so rooted, transforms that selfishness into a work of many at once to be deeply personal.
“I needed a small town, almost to take it over, to build myself because it is a film where that town and the surrounding towns and the provinces have taken to the streets, they have opened their houses to us. Obviously, all this is a job that takes a lot of time, a lot of love, a lot of knowledge, passing a lot of tests to put yourself to the test”, says the filmmaker.
Ainhoa, who is dfilm language major Y PhD in Language and Film Analysishe went to live in a small Spanish town for almost a year and, he says, the script was put together as he got to know more about the protagonists and the inhabitants of the place.
what’s up Brave FlashAinhoa Rodríguez’s debut feature?
The movie tells the story of the women of a small town in rural Spain. This place seems to be suspended in time: it is running out of young people, who migrate to the cities to work and study, and little by little only the elderly remain.
Between the fact that nothing extraordinary happens, and in turn these women have many desire to live experiences that make them emotional and rediscover that old town that made them happy in other times.
Ainhoa Rodriguez recorded natural actresses from town of the queen —that is, they had no previous experience—, a town in the rural area of Extremadura, Spain. For it, lived for nine months in the place and he went deeper into the town, its people, its customs, its days, dreams, laughter and emotions.
With this bond, Ainhoa was weaving the story and a relationship with the actresses that, as well as having hints of surrealism, also has the precise (and precious) essence of the protagonists.
“Cinema is made with the guts”
With patience and dedication, Ainhoa was getting to know the actresses. The first contact was made through a workshop Cinema and non-normative viewsas well as the casting.
He arrived in Puebla de la Reina with a first idea already molded… but soon turned into something else.
“The film itself was made up and I let the people themselves inhabit my script and everything I came to know, and the research and field work, because cinema is no longer the classic stone-cast cinema, immune in a locked office . The cinema has to take to the streets and has to let the streets, the places inhabit the film and the film is willing to be transformed by the places and life experiences that it will discover”, he says.
Of course, this methodology is, at least, peculiar, but it was precisely a way of build the scriptcasting, field work, etc.,
“It is like have many dishes juggling: at the same time all turning at the same time and suddenly some of them fall, stopping others and then the fundamentals remain. Then an iron script is made at the end, which is what we have to do the filming.
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The director explains that making a film obviously requires a methodology, tools that are gained with experience, “but cinema is made with guts and with this powerful weapon that we directors have, which is induction”, she says.
Explain that this “induction” sometimes feels like something “almost spiritual” for a person who will be important to your story.
can i still see Brave Flash at the movie theater?
Yes of course! There is still this week and next week to go see her at the film library National And here are the hours:
Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28, Thursday 29 and Friday 30 December 2022: Room 7 at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 1, 2023: Room 5 at 4:45 p.m.
Monday 02, Tuesday 03, Wednesday 04 and Thursday 05 January 2023: room 5 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.