Milagros Mumenthaler, Rosa Martinez Rivero, Philippe Falardeau, ...
Abrir puertas y ventanas – Concorso internazionale
Milagros Mumenthaler, director
“This is a fiction movie with moments of daily life, but it isn’t a story of my life. Mostly it’s about the relation between mother and daughter because I know pretty well what it’s all about.”
“It was difficult to find the perfect locations and also to work in harmony with the actors, therefore we had to spend a lot of time with one another to get to know each other, it was very rewarding.”
Rosa Martinez Rivero, producer
“We had to do a lot of researches and work really hard for the preparation the movie. It was pretty nerve racking.
Sofia in this movie is a woman that doesn’t wait to stand up and right or what she believes is right.
Character that needs to find herself, find stability to her life and try to fit in as good as she can, another great thing is that she speaks her mind without thinking.”
“This film is a coproduction between Swiss, Argentinian and Dutch producers. It isn’t the first long movie that we make and for a story like this, where three sisters need more and more to communicate and discuss to find solutions that will make their lives better in every single way. I was proud to be part of this movie!”
Monsieur Lazhar – Piazza Grande
Philippe Falardeau, director
“I wanted to privilege the storytelling in the class, and not the one related to Bachir's personal life just because there are many movies which offer a political vision on immigration. In my film Bachir's condition of immigrant and refugee is part of his background but it does not represent a label at the eyes of the children, they don’t have racial prejudices. For them, he is simply a man, a new teacher of the school.”
“In Canada, some of these rules about avoiding physical contact are crazy. I understand why they exist, but I do not agree. This is why I introduced in the movie a subplot which binds Marine and a child. It was not present in the the play written by Éveline de la Chenelière.”
“Everything in the story is based on the sense of foreignness and otherness that the children feel towards their new teacher and Bachir himself feels towards them.”
“I wanted natural lighting for the scenes. I don’t have children, but I had no problems communicating with kids, because they were old enough to understand the psychology of their characters. And they helped me in making the script and its dialogues more realistic!”
Mattia Bertoldi, Boris Sollazzo, Jeremy Nichols