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Bradley Rust Gray, Cate Shortland, Saskia Rosendahl, Nicolás Pereda

Bradley Rust Gray, Cate Shortland, Saskia Rosendahl, Nicolás Pereda


Bradley Rust Gray, Cate Shortland, Saskia Rosendahl, Nicolás Pereda


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Jack and Diane – Concorso internazionale
Bradley Rust Gray (director)

“I wanted to shoot a movie about the first time a human being falls in love because I think that it is a very important experience in everybody's life. It is a very mysterious moment, almost magical.”

“I focused my vision on how somebody feels when he falls in love. Everything seems wonderful, but at the same time he realizes he could lose himself. From the power of passion, therefore, comes a lot of fear and this is the idea I wanted to explore involving some horror elements in the movie.”

“The development of the movie took long time, about four years. In particular we studied how a body can physiologically change analysing a lot of diseases which usually involve deformities.”

“This movie is about love and not about homosexuality, coming out, deciding you're gay or not. The focus is on love”.

“Kylie Minogue's manager contacted us telling she wanted to work in an indipendent film. We met and talked about her character, about her importance as turning point in Jack's life. I am happy about her work, she understood her role”.

“I don't know why I used so much blood in the movie. You know, when you write something images simply come in your mind by themselves. I knew I wanted to show what could happen inside a girl who falls in love for the first time and I automatically associated the idea of fluids coming out of her body”.

“I was lucky to work with Juno Temple and Riley Keough because they were just 20, 21 years old when we shot 'Jack and Diane'. Consequently they remembered pretty well how they felt when they fell in love for the first time. Moreover I changed my characters according to their personalities, finding a combination between what I wrote and them”.

Lore – Piazza Grande
Cate Shortland (director)

“I studied the Second World War and the several forms of European nationalism at the university since I had history as major. I think it is an international question, not a German one: let's think about the Apartheid in South Africa, for example”.

“I wanted to shoot this movie not from a historical perspective, but from a 14-15 years old girl's perspective. I focused on the psychology of the character paying much attention on her eyes, her empathy”.

“We knew that everyting was different during the Second World War and we tried to understand how the relationships between parents and sons worked, for example how corporal punishments were inflicted. We took the issue very seriously, but at the same time we tried to have some fun on the set because of the presence of children”.

“During the casting we looked for people we thought could be very honest on the set. We tried to find actors who could be themselves in the front of the camera”.

Lore – Piazza Grande
Saskia Rosendahl (actress)

“It was not so easy to work in this movie because I had not much time to prepare myself for this role. However I was very lucky to work with this team, I felt in good hands. I had much freedom but at the same time I could count on Cate Shortland's help and advices”.

“I grew up in Germany and at school we talked very much about German history, but not only about historical facts. We approached the topic from different perspectives, also talking about the life of German people during that period. Consequently, I had a very detailed panoramic view on the Second World War and the Nazism”.

Lore – Piazza Grande
Karsten Stöter (producer)

“I think that this movie plugged a gap in German cinematography because I do not know other movies with a similar topic. I think it is a very engaging story”.

Los mejores temas – Concorso internazionale
Nicolás Pereda (regista)

«L’attore che interpreta il padre è arrivato sul set senza sapere cosa fosse avvenuto nelle prime scene del film, così ha dovuto improvvisare, col resto del cast che lo seguiva. Questo rende la seconda parte di Los mejores temas simile a un documentario, ed infatti molti hanno pensato che io abbia scelto attori non professionisti. Non è vero, deve essere il mio modo di girare a farli sembrare tali!»

«Nel film ci sono delle scene in cui si vede la troupe. Trovo molto importante la questione di quanto ci si possa sentire liberi davanti a una cinepresa: mi piaceva l’idea di mostrare dei personaggi che parlano di cose molto personali mentre qualcuno li filma e mettere così in evidenza il continuo confronto tra libertà e limitatezza che impone il cinema.»

«Se la persona che recita è tua amica, puoi vedere come i suoi gesti abituali diventano parte del ruolo. Sono molto interessato a questo rapporto tra ciò che avviene sullo schermo e la vita reale: in fondo tutti i film si basano sulla dialettica tra il personaggio interpretato e la vera personalità dell’attore, ed era questo che mi interessava mostrare.»

Mattia Bertoldi e Sara Groisman

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