The 2013 Filmmakers II
Mauricio Osaki: MY FATHER'S TRUCK
Until the start of the festival, we are going to introduce this
year's filmmakers and their films:
MY FATHER'S TRUCK, Singapore/Vietnam/Brazil
Director's Statement: Growing up, I travelled around the countryside of Brazil with my parents regularly. And I recall looking out through the windows of cars, trains, and buses - fascinated by the vivid scenery, the people, and the interesting stories which came to my mind. When I visited Vietnam for the first time in 2011, I felt a similar sense of wonder. While driving along the country roads or weaving through the city crowds, I saw the same liveliness and energy in the faces and places of this fascinating country. My original intention was to write a story about a father-son-relationship, which also portrayed a generational dimension. But, as is often the case in filmmaking, things don't always go as planned. And I met a little girl who had a huge effect on me. She was sensitive and tough at the same time, and these were qualities I wanted for the protagonist. And the journey continued from there. We used elements and inspiration we found along the way and changed and adapted to our environment. I believe this kept the film real. Honest. And hopefully it captures and portrays the sense of childhood wonder and fascination, which we all still feel from time to time.
Which situations or people inspired you to make your
I feel very inspired by common people, by their daily lives, their families and personal struggles.
Is there a specific movie/director that was the reason
for you becoming a filmmaker?
I love a bunch of diverse filmmakers such as Yasujiro Ozu, Akira Kurosawa, Bong Joon Ho, Truffaut, Antonioni, Paul Thomas Anderson. For me it's just amazing - the infinite possibilities that filmmaking offers and how powerful storytelling is.
What's the secret for making a good
I think you need to be passionate about what you're talking about and believe in your view.
What do you think is missing in the established film
Is there something special about your filmschool that is
different to other filmschools?
I love the fact that all my classmates come from different countries, they all bring their culture to the table, and we have a very global network.
What was the best/funniest/worst thing that happened
making this movie?
Waking up early, facing rigorous Vietnamese winter, having to speak 3 languages in the set, feeling it could fall apart any moment, that was horrible and great.
Is the movie relating to something in your
It's part of my experience living in South East Asia and I tried to share this discovery of living in a different environment and culture.
Would you like to make films outside of your own
I have been living abroad over the past 5 years and I shot films in the UK, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. I would like to keep shooting in Brazil, but also in different countries. I am very interested in global filmmaking and in collaborating with filmmakers from different cultures and diverse backgrounds.
Almost a century ago, Brazil saw a wave of Japanese immigrants arriving at its ports, and my grandparents were among them. Today, they are a part of the history and rich culture that is now colorful Brazil. Nowadays, it seems like the world is smaller and more connected, and such trips across continents seem less significant. But I still believe that the coming together of different cultures is a special thing. A few years ago, I moved to Asia to get my Masters degree at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in Singapore. Once there, I had the opportunity to further explore the region and found more and more cultural connections, rather than differences. I met people, saw places and found stories that I could relate to, be inspired by and wanted to share. "My Father's Truck" was shot in Vietnam with a crew from various cultural backgrounds and a local cast. It was a challenge. But we set out to prove that we could draw on and embrace our differences, and put our efforts together for a common cause. Simply put, the short is a 15-minute story about a father and his daughter. But, on another level, it is also a reflection of how different cultures that are so different and unique in their own way can come together and make something quite special.
What's good about film festivals?
Meeting like minded people, getting feedback from audience, exchanging film ideas and collaborating in future projects.
If you weren't a filmmaker, you'd be a…?
I would be playing for Barcelona for sure and getting ready to play for Brasil in the World Cup!
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
In a film set in a country I haven't visited yet...
Your movie in one sentence:
It's a journey into the countryside of beautiful Vietnam.
What is your next project about?
About the vibrant youth in Vietnam and their clash with their parents.