A love story between Iván, a pilot, and Amanda, a stewardess, through their meetings in hotels around the world.
Hi Marta, thanks for talking to TNC, Seattle is part of the Madrid en Corto 2018 selection what does it mean to be bringing your film to Cannes?
It is very exciting for the whole team.
Will there be any nerves ahead of the festival or are you just taking it all in your stride?
No nerves at all! I'm very grateful and happy. It's beautiful that our work can be seen in Cannes. It's such an honour.
What do you hope to take away from your time at Cannes?
I don't have many expectations, to be honest. The most important achievement is that “Seattle” gets selected and people can watch it. That's the prize.
Can you tell me a little bit about Seattle, how did this film come about?
Seattle was a very different story at the beginning, I wrote it and rewrote it several times, but it didn't work and I didn't know why. One day I spend a whole morning talking to a pilot and while I was listening I found out my characters were working on a plane together and suddenly everything started to fit in.
"...I feel more secure and I have more tools so I can explain myself..."
What was the inspiration behind Seattle?
I think, the inspiration was a feeling: the things you don't make in life because you are afraid. That's the essence and was the feeling that was beneath every sequence.
What was the most challenging part of bringing Seattle to life?
The most challenging thing for me was telling a two-year relationship in short fragments. Try to tell the things you don't see in the film, the missing parts. The actors were both marvellous and we improvise and rehearse a lot to try to find “them”.
What were the important lessons you've taken from making Seattle?
That you have to expose yourself and be brave as a writer or director. I'm not sure I'm there yet, but that's the way….
Have you always had a passion for filmmaking?
Yes, I had. I make my living as an actress but the love for filmmaking is always there.
How much has your approach to your films changed since your debut film?
I think the approach is very similar but I feel more secure and I have more tools so I can explain myself a bit better now to the whole team.
Is there any advice you've been given that's stuck with you?
Play your favourite game with your favourite friend.
Do you have any advice you would offer a fellow filmmaker?
And finally, what do you hope people will take away from Seattle?
Don’t miss your trains in life.