"THE MORE YOU ENDURE, THE MORE YOU LEARN WITH EVERY NEW FILM, THE MORE PEOPLE YOU KNOW, AND THE LESS COMPETITION BECAUSE NOT EVERYBODY IS SO RESILIENT."

Ignacio Rodó 
La petite mort
Nomination: Best Micro-Short
Screening Session: Feb 28 | Nominated Films  
3rd Papaya Rocks Film Festival Online
22-28 Feb 2021 | Tickets £5 / £10 Full 7-Day Pass: bit.ly/PRFF-Tickets
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La petite mort is a French expression that refers to the brief loss of consciousness some women experience after orgasm.

Hi Ignacio thank you for talking to TNC, how are you holding up during these very strange times?

Thank you for selecting our film, the little things are what brings us joy in this strange year. And sharing our work is definitely a happy thing!

Has this time offered you any creative inspiration?

Confinement brings you a lot of time… I’ve used that time for introspection and a lot of writing. 

Congratulations on having your film selected for the 3rd Papaya Rocks Film Festival, what does it mean to you to be part of such an amazing lineup of short films?

It’s the second year (in a row) that I have a film selected, so it’s a nice validation. Can’t wait to see the reaction to our film from a British audience.

Can you tell me a little bit about La petit mort, how did this film come about?

It started very naively… about the dangers of going to the osteopath (unfortunately, it’s something I’m very used to do). Then we decided to give it a funny sexy twist.

What where the biggest challenges you faced brining your film to life?

We got a really nice location, a real osteopathic centre. They were very kind to let us shoot for free. But we only had 2 hours to shoot the whole thing, including setup. So there was no time to think, only shoot.

Looking back is there anything you would have done differently on this film?

There are always thing you could do better, and once it’s finished, it’s easier to see. But in the end, that’s the beauty of doing films, you learn by practising, by making mistakes. So I’m happy with how it went.

Describe your film in three words?

Painful but sexy.

Where did your passion for filmmaking come from?

I’ve always loved telling stories and making up stories. Since I was a child. So it was like a very natural process to start trying cameras and editing and everything.

What has been some of the best advice you’ve been give?

Never give up. It seems like a simple advice but it’s so powerful. The more you endure, the more you learn with every new film, the more people you know, and less competition because not everybody is so resilient.

Should filmmakers continue to push the boundaries of the films and stories they want to tell?

Of course! They say all stories have already been told. But it’s about how we tell them. There’s where you can get creative and find new original ways to tell the same story.

"With each one you’ll learn a lot and that experience will make you a better filmmaker."

Do you have any tips or advice you would offer a fellow filmmaker?

Write, shoot, film, do as many films as you can. With each one you’ll learn a lot and that experience will make you a better filmmaker.

And finally, what do you hope people will take away from your film?

In this case, our film is a funny short movie. And in these times, I really hope the audience can get that: a bit of fun.

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