Q: What film inspired you to start a career as a filmmaker?
A: The film that struck me the most as a child was Star Wars (George Lucas, 1977). But at that same age, two films that I saw with my older sister were fundamental: Robert Altman's Buffalo Bill and The Indians (1976), and Francois Truffaut's 400 Blows (1959). Later, as a film student, I was inspired by Aki Kaurismaki, Jim Jarmusch and Michelangelo Antonioni. And in my recent years, I've been enjoying Asian cinema a lot, especially Wong Kar Wai and Kim Ki Duk.
Q: Did you make Chasing Fireflies with a specific audience in mind?
A: I'm sure it is a very naif answer, but no. I usually try to be honest, to tell a story and communicate with other human beings, without thinking about audiences or markets. Of course, when I finish my films, I face those issues and try to handle them the best way possible.
Q: What memorable events happened during the production of Chasing Fireflies?
A: To shoot a film is a memorable event. At least, for me. I feel in a permanent state of grace, no matter how hard the process is. Wind, rain and harsh sun test us every day. Fierce winds destroyed the set several times. We were very far from any city and to satisfy certain production needs was a constant challenge.
Q: What did you learn from working on Chasing Fireflies?
A: Persistence, the value of friendship and the power of nature.
Q: If you could work with any actor, living or dead, who would it be?
A: A: It is so hard to choose one. Jack Nicholson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gena Rowlands, Christian Bale, Marlon Brando, Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, Matti Pellonpaa and so many more.
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