The filmmakers’ Q&A: Carlos Reygadas

Carlos Reygadas of Mexico, director of Silent Light

This evening at 8.30 at MovieTowne, the Mexican film Silent Light will be screened, with its director Carlos Reygadas in attendance. The following Q&A; gives a tantalising peek into the mind of one of contemporary world cinema’s leading auteurs.

What was the first film you remember seeing?

Airport 77.

What was the last film you saw?

You the Living. At least the last I remember. Pure beauty.

If a Martian came to earth and asked to be shown a film, what film would you recommend?

Mother and Son, by Aleksandr Sokurov.

What’s the best piece of filmmaking advice anyone’s ever given you?

Work with people that share your feeling.

What’s the worst piece of filmmaking advice anyone’s ever given you?

A director should just think and order, not do anything else.

What film have you seen more times than any other?

The Innocent, by Luchino Visconti.

If you could go back in time and be a part of any period in cinema, what would it be?

Yesterday.

What’s the biggest misconception people have about your films?

I don’t know. Don’t want to.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned about life from filmmaking?

To wait. And to never surrender.

Date: Sun 20 Sep, 2009
Category: ttff news and features

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