Wednesday, 11/14/2012

The 2012 Filmmakers III

Ernesto Martinez Bucio, THE MOTHER

The 2012 Filmmakers III Ernesto Martinez Bucio, THE MOTHER

Which situations or people inspired you to make your movie?
This short film is inspired by a real story from my hometown Uruapan, Mexico.  A wave of violence started in Uruapan 15 years ago. In this context, a well known guy committed murder. He was caught and got into jail. I left the town to study in a bigger city, but I kept the story in my head. Then somebody told me that the killer's mother was the one who called the police and I started to write the story immediately. I felt caught by the violence of the action for a mother refusing her son.

Is there a specific movie/director that was the reason for you becoming a filmmaker?
I wanted to be a lot of people when I was starting film school. Now I realize that I can't be anybody else. This is what a director has to do: to give his point of view. I have a lot of influences but not only filmmakers. I don't remember what movie was the reason because I'm studying filmmaking, but I know the one that right now keeps me there: Post Tenebras Lux, the last movie of Carlos Reygadas.

If you could make any movie you'd like, what would it be?
I'm writing a story of a boy who commits suicide and his father who looks for the reasons why his child decided to die.

Is there something particular about being a filmmaker in your country?
It's a big responsibility, because we have the chance to tell the world what is happening right now in Mexico. Also it's a great opportunity to explore human behavior and to share yourself with others.

Is there something special about your film school that is different to other film schools?
Yes, the CCC has a constant chaos working perfectly. It sounds a little bit strange, but it's true. Somehow it works. Another thing: CCC will be with you for the rest of your life. You will be part of this community always and forever. We call ourselves CCCeros. Each generation, every year has its own nickname. I'm from the Pirrurrisfor example. It might look goofy somehow, but it gives you an identity, a sense of group and belonging. And we take care of each other. We are not a film school, we are a family.

What do you think makes your film stand out?
It's honest. We thought a lot about the story, and we talked for hours and hours with Odei (DoP), about the characters. All this, before writing a single word. We talk. Then I write, and then we keep talking and thinking and arguing. So the story and the acting is solid.

What was the best/funniest/worst thing that happened making this movie?
There was some kind of bad energy in the shooting days. I mean, for some reason I was really insecure. The terrible catering killed my stomach, so I was directing with diarrhea and I was feeling really bad. I think it was the energy of the story. It's a horrible story and I hate each of the characters. They are bad people. All of them...  to resume: the worst thing was to shoot that story with diarrhea and in the middle of nowhere.

Would you like to make films outside of your own country?
Yes. I've shot a short film in the Basque Country a couple of years ago and it was a great experience. I have no reasons to not do it again. But for the moment I want to be in Mexico and make films in my country. I think in Mexico people are making great films and there are a lot of stories to tell. I think we are trying to make films in a different way, in a different level of realism, breaking with production rules and models, trying to find flexible ways to make more honest and profound films.

Nowadays everyone can make a movie and publish it online. As a young filmmaker how do you think it's possible to stand out among the mass of movies that's out there?
You just have to be honest. That's all. Stop doing cover versions of all and just do it your way. But it's no easy to be honest.

If you weren't a filmmaker, you'd be a…?
I'm a filmmaker because I'm not a football player.