In this edition, Tío Louie interviews director Paz Fábrega, director-screenwriter of the film Viaje, which made a huge impression on the recent Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
|Director-screenwriter Paz Fábrega|
with Louis Perego Moreno
I think it is. Even though society is a lot more permissive in many ways now, a hook-up is not seen as romantic. It’s okay, but it’s not great– it’s not something you should do and you should feel bad about engaging in it. I wanted to portray a hook-up that physically lasts for a short time. Frankly, it’s a story that only takes place over the course of a few days. But it doesn’t mean it’s not real and that these two people aren’t fully engaged, kind and generous to one another. It’s not about things lasting forever or getting very serious. It’s about being a good person.
|Viaje co-stars Kattia González |
and Fernando Bolaños.
She had auditioned for my previous film, Agua fría de mar (Cold Water of the Sea). I really liked her, but I felt that she was not really right for the role. But she stayed in my mind and felt that I might want to work with her later. Fernando Bolaños, who played the main male character, I knew him from kindergarten– I've known him my whole life. When we were 15 we were in a theater group together. We’re just very good friends. I had not seen him for 15 years and he got in touch because he saw my previous film, Agua fría de mar, and these two were really up for whatever I wanted to do. They said, “We’re in your hands”. They liked that previous film and they like what I do. They felt that whatever I decided to do they were going to be happy and proud of it. They were incredibly generous in that sense– they were open. They didn’t know what the story was about. They didn’t know what they were going to have to do, at all, but they were up for it.
|Director-screenwriter Paz Fábrega.|
variables you must have had to wrestle with ranging from weather to animals to audio?
The hardest part about shooting in the Costa Rican national park were the insects. We had issues with mosquitoes– primarily with bugs that bite. But apart from that, shooting was a lot of fun and easy. We camped out in the woods for nine days. We were really far away from anything and we had to bring everything including food that would last for nine days. There were basically seven of us– actors plus crew. We slept in one big tent together. Maybe it was slightly uncomfortable at times, but I actually believe that it was interesting and it was good to be together under those variables and the focus became the film. We really bonded and were comfortable with each other and really close and I loved that. Shooting was great fun.
|González and Bolaños.|
My style of working is maybe a bit unusual and perhaps may not be appropriate for others. It takes a lot of personal involvement with the actors. I almost always end up becoming really good friends with my actors. I need to be really close to them by developing an intimate relationship to understand certain things about them, how they operate and how their emotions function. For me that is the most interesting aspect of directing. It allows me to do a study on people and frankly, I find this fascinating. We talk a lot and I spend a lot of time with them. Rehearsals are not about repeating scenes– I almost never do that. It’s more about having a cup of coffee, talking about our lives and observing them. It’s good for me to learn what they talk about, what interests them, what moves them– what makes them tick. It’s sort of becoming friends with someone very quickly over a short span of time. It’s about diving into their personal sphere in order to get at the core of the person. It’s a type of work that permits me to go there.