"THE LOVE FOR FILMMAKING CAME IN COLLAGE, WHERE I GOT IN TOUCH WITH THE MASTERS OF THE ART."
Screening Session: BLOCK 3
3rd Papaya Rocks Film Festival Online
22-28 Feb 2021 | Tickets £5 / £10 Full 7-Day Pass: bit.ly/PRFF-Tickets
Water Body is a film that proposes to observe water and its states in a meditative way, proposing a deep dive into our own subjectivity, in the collective and ancestral unconscious, the dark cave that holds the greatest secrets of existence. The narrative takes place as an anti-dramatic play in which the images depict a house that appears to overflow or be invaded by the element of water.
Hi Pedro thank you for talking to TNC, how are you holding up during these very strange times?
Strange times require strange measures, I believe. During the worst days of isolation, I just tried to get deeper and deeper within my own thoughts and feelings. This way I managed to learn a thing or two about myself.
Has this time offered you any creative inspiration?
I used the spare time to dig deep in Joseph Campbell's work, as well as the symbolic meaning of oracles such as the tarot cards. I don't consider myself a spiritual or exoteric person, but I know these cultural references contain some very powerful imagery, so I wanted to explore those archetypes. The time alone also made me perceive numerous mood changes, emotional crisis, also some brief moments in which I could have some hope about the future. That is the starting point for Water Body.
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?
The selection came as a surprise, so I'm really happy about it. I'm excited to get to watch the other movies and maybe get in touch with the filmmakers like myself who are making part of the 3rd Papaya Rocks.
Can you tell me a little bit about your film, how did this film come about?
Water Body explores the symbolic power of water and how it can communicate states of mind. I did everything alone, inside my house. There was little to no planning for the shootings, no script, just a noticeably clear idea about the nature of the images. The postproduction was also very experimental, because now I had to find an order, a rhythm for the images, that was the hardest part. The synthesiser music was also something new for me. It changes completely the meaning of the images, actually it's almost like a key for truly felling the cycle of emotions the movie proposes
What where the biggest challenges you faced brining your film to life?
I had little time, the first version of Water Body had to be ready in less than two weeks. I had this deadline because of a masters course I'm doing here in Lisbon. But this limitation was actually the motivation I needed to put up a lot of energy in the project and just get it done.
Looking back is there anything you would have done differently on this film?
I don't think so, It's perfect as what it is. A truly lockdown production.
Describe your film in three words?
Boiling my heart
Where did your passion for filmmaking come from?
First it came from my grandma's sofa, back in Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, where I would watch and later imagine infinite scenes and stories. After that I fell in love with the theatre and the creative process while in school. The love for filmmaking came in college, where I got in touch with the masters of the art.
What has been some of the best advice you’ve been give?
Do it one thing at a time.
"Hopefully people will be able to get in touch with themselves in a deep and meaningful way."
Should filmmakers continue to push the boundaries of the films and stories they want to tell?
They have no choice, it's their nature to explore new grounds!
Do you have any tips or advice you would offer a fellow filmmaker?
Be part of something bigger than you.
And finally, what do you hope people will take away from your film?
Hopefully people will be able to get in touch with themselves in a deep and meaningful way. Water Body is not a story, it's an anti-narrative cycle of events that is meant to make you feel whatever is already inside you.