16th ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival
9, 10, 11 April 2021
European Dramatic Short
A model is taking a photo shoot with a recognised photographer. He proposes to take the photos with the naked torso to convey that insecurity caused by nakedness. He wants to talk about how vulnerable women feel in this society.
Hello Nüll, thanks for speaking with TNC, how are you doing in these strange times?
Well, fortunately my family and those close to me are doing well. There is a lot of uncertainty and, sometimes, the whole situation surpasses, but I am well surrounded.
Has this stage offered you any creative inspiration?
Not especially. Well, I wrote a short on managing the pandemic, but it is so politically incorrect that I don't dare to shoot it.
Congratulations on your short film being selected for the 16th ÉCU Film Festival, what does it mean for you to be part of such an incredible short film program?
Thanks a lot. I'm very happy. It is the first time that Ferrotipos is in a European festival, it is a dream come true, more especially for being a festival in France. I have always wanted to work in Paris and this festival is a gift.
Can you tell me a bit about Ferrotypes, how did it come about?
It emerged as an exercise. I am an actress and I want to act in my projects, but first I wanted to try to be only as a director and screenwriter. It was a long process, between the first version of the script and the filming, two years passed. In between, it was read by colleagues who gave me their opinions and the script was improving. Then the actors read it, and they joined the project without hesitation, that was precious because they are actors that I admire and I had a lot of respect for directing them. With the team it was similar, great professionals joined in that made the short take another dimension.
What were the biggest challenges you faced in bringing your short film to life?
Directing actors that I admired and had a lot of respect and directing such a large and professional team for the first time, although from the first moment I felt very supported. It turned out to be easier than I imagined. Another major challenge was the measurement in the points of view of the characters. From script, interpretation and editing we were very careful so that the balance did not go radically to one side, I was very interested in showing different points of view on the subject in order to generate debate.
"The more diversity there is among the people who tell stories, the more the boundaries and the stories will expand."
Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently in this short film ?
Yes, but I keep this for myself. I have learned a lot. I am also very proud of the result and of the team's work.
Describe your short film in three words.
Dialectical, deep, close.
Where did your passion for cinema come from?
From my contact with interpretation through theatre. I started doing theatre when I was ten years old, as I grew older, I saw more cinema.
What has been one of the best advice you have been given?
Ricardo Dávila, a director friend, told me during the editing of the short: Everything that does not add, subtracts. And we applied it without fear and it worked.
Should filmmakers continue to push the boundaries of short films and the stories they want to tell?
Well, each one has its own process, I think the topics are already being expanded. The more diversity there is among the people who tell stories, the more the boundaries and the stories will expand.
Do you have any advice that you would offer to a fellow filmmaker?
I don't know, maybe something I'm learning is that you don't have to stick to the words, the shots and the moments that we had clearer from the film, because sometimes they limit. With detachment, creativity is freer.
And finally, what do you hope people take away from Ferrotypes?
An invitation to reflection, to analyse where and how the system places the woman's body, and an impulse to make the revolution at whatever level, as one of the characters says. And enjoy it!