Interviews

Leonardo Brzezicki about Noche: 'From short to long'

Argentine Leonardo Brzezicki is fascinated by matters of life and death. In his debut film, a group of young people commemorate a friend who committed suicide. In this psychological drama the barrier between present, past and future becomes increasingly diffuse. Nominated for a Hivos Tiger Award.

In a nutshell

'Six friends return to the place where Miguel spent his last days. Some of them have trouble coping with the death of their good friend.'

First time

'I postponed making this film for a long time. Far too long really. Well over a year ago, I decided to go for it and start work. At the time, I still thought it would be a short film. After three days of shooting I entered the editing suite. There I discovered that the story was much more suitable for a feature film. There was too much there to do justice to it in a short film. I then further detailed the scenario and planned an additional ten days of shooting. Looking back, splitting the shoot in two worked really well. I'd do that again. The actual shoot was an intense experience. After the last shot, I ended up sobbing by the river. I realised I was finally doing something I'd dreamt about for a very long time.' 

Buenos Aires

'There is little room for arthouse film in my city. You might be able to see a Golden Palm winner at the cinema if you're lucky, but that's about it. Distributors don't see how arthouse could benefit them, they'd rather show Spider Man. It's a shame. Especially because things used to be different. My mother who isn't massively into film and is by no means an intellectual, has seen all Antonioni's work. Simply because works like that used to be shown in the cinemas. That era is gone for good. If I'm lucky my film might be screened for one or two days in Buenos Aires. Hopefully at Malba, the museum of Latin American art that also serves as a cinema.'

Rotterdam

'It’s fabulous that Noche's world premiere will be here, but I have no idea what that will mean for the film. I think I'll just wait and see. My first two days in Rotterdam were very stressful as the film hadn’t been fully completed yet. But now I can relax and enjoy all the amazing cinema here. When I'm at Noche's world premiere, the actors will be having dinner together in Buenos Aires. We couldn’t bring everyone to Rotterdam, but they thought it was important to be together on the night. The film made them really close.'

Audio

'The main character is obsessed about making field recordings. I recorded all "his" sounds for Noche. For at least a year, I took a sound recorder everywhere with me. I recorded in woods, at parties and on trains. Most of the recordings were never used. The sounds you hear at the start of the film are from a Polish church and were made during a family visit. It was pitch black in the church and the lights only came on when the priest entered. I’m totally not religious, but that place awed me.' 

Jury report

'I hope the jury gets sucked into my film’s atmosphere and appreciates it. It would be special if Noche stimulates them to ponder their own lives and memories.'

Bright Future

'I'll definitely be doing another film! I don’t want to give away too much now, but I do know it will be set in a rural area again. It will be a summery film in a sun-drenched setting with lots of light. Perhaps the exact opposite of the atmosphere in Noche.'

Noche – Leonardo Brzezicki
Mon 28 18:30 Pathé 7, Thu 31 16:15 Pathé 4,
Sun 2 Feb 18:15 Pathé 2

This is an article from the Daily Tiger dated Monday 28 January 2013.
Photo: Ruud Jonkers
Text: Veerle Snijders