Sergio Cano / OPEN THE BOX
Sergio Cano is one of the three directors I selected to interview for Filminute 2014.
Thank you very much for your time and your short film. I loved the beginning defocused central sequence and its meaning: focusing (his old wedding), defocusing (children and grandchildren) and focusing again (his daughter that we are going to see in the next shot). I suppose it is intentional. :) Could you say something more about that opening sequence?
You are absolutely right. The opening sequence was created with the intention of showing the point of view of the father. He suffers from Altzheimer disease, although it is not stated explicitly. It represents how he is lost in his own memories. When the daughter speaks, he returns to the present and look to a complete stranger.
I also liked a lot the actress and how she changes her look and voice line after line. Could you say a bit more about Mariví Carrillo?
Everyone asks me the same. Finding Mariví was the key to making the film. She is a very talented actress and she has great presence on screen. In a few seconds his performance shows a rollercoaster of emotions and that’s really hard to get (she loves and hates his father at the same time). I am very happy with the work of both actors and how it is appreciated by international audiences despite language barriers. I’ve just released the film and it has already been nominated in other festivals aganist longers films.
Your short is very effective and I love when a director struggles to get be most with a minimal production. It’s clear it is a very low (or no) budget but why didn’t you put on a bit of color grading? I’m talking about that yellow wall on the background. Could you tell me more about the production of your short?
The film is based on the performances of the actors, all the weight is on them and that is why the film is so minimalist (no distractions). I want the audience to focus on the eyes of the characters. The background color is because the wall has that color, in fact it is slightly graded to not confuse the faces of the actors to the background. I like yellow because it is warm and sickening at the same time. We shot the film in an hour with a very small team. When all is clear is easier and faster. I talked a lot with the actors before filming began, it was very interesting to share different points of view on the story and the performances. We talked about how the family tests the memory of patients to know how much they can remember. She uses a game that his father taught him as a child but he does not remember it and he falls into the trap.