As part of the trainee programme for young film critics we have asked the participants to have a short interview with one of the emerging filmmakers of their region. All filmmakers are selected for IFFR 2018.
Men are imperfect
By Young Film Critic Héctor Oyarzun Galaz
Los Vagos is a film settled in your hometown and inspired by your personal experiences there.
How is to work on a fiction so closely based on your own life?
On one hand, it was simple, because the root material was still in my head. I had to remember events rather than create them. The difficult part was that I felt a little bit exposed writing about things that happened to my close friends and me. I had to do it trusting that the writing process itself could help me to go deeper in knowing my own nature. If I do it with honesty and in a playful way, I know it was going to work. Keeping this in mind I made a 10-page treatment. Then, with the help of my friend Héctor Jaquet, who collaborated with the screenplay, I started to invent and transform situations to give it a more "dramatic" structure.
Los vagosGustavo Biazzi IFFR 2018 92′
Beautifully filmed, bittersweet coming of age story about the Argentine student Ernesto and his friends, who are delaying adulthood for a while with drink, parties, hanging out on the beach and seducing girls. Ernesto flirts constantly and only realises what is at stake when he is in danger of losing his girlfriend, Paula.
Before making your directorial debut you’ve worked as a cinematographer. Which were your main visual ideas in this film? I’m asking this because you can tell that a lot of scenes work as a visual metaphor.
My idea was to make these simple and mundane scenes in the most beautiful way, with a sense of poetry, beyond what the film was narrating. I wanted my shots to have a crafted blocking, with a correct sense of rhythm to give the whole film a certain flow.
The film puts on the same level the failures and successes of its main character. How do you structure these events without a central plot? How do you chose from these everyday life events that could seem meaningless for some?
I think the film is about profound themes but shown in the least solemn way. If it puts on the same level, the failures, and successes of its main character, it is because I think men are imperfect. To go ahead on our personal evolution, if that exists, individually and collectively, I think it is important to observe all our sides, without concessions.
What are your expectations for your international premiere?
I hope that when someone sees the film, they can feel that what they are watching is something they’ve already experienced before in their lives, and when they see it they can feel accompanied and enriched with the experience.
Read moreTrainee programme for Young Film Critics 2018
Photo in header: Los Vagos