Ana Katz (The chair game, A wandering bride, Florianópolis dream) presents The dog that does not shut up in the Latin American Competition of the Mar del Plata Film Festival, and then commercially premiered on Thursday 25. Shot in black and white, it went through the Sundance and Rotterdam Festivals, where it won best film. And the actress and director arrived with expectations in Mar del Plata.
“I got to know this Festival as a student. We watched four movies a day and slept quite little. It seems to me a key meeting between filmmakers, which must be federal, inclusive, to broaden the gaze, to build our identity, ”he begins.
-What cast did you get. Did you have a previous relationship with everyone, or did you call someone specifically for the film?
Katz is in Mar del Plata and opens on Thursday 25 in commercial theaters. Photo Lucia Merle
-Daniel Katz, protagonist of the film, is my brother. I think his contribution was immense, because in each shot he committed himself to Sebastián, with what the character lived. The sensitivity that he has is very powerful. And the film opened up to that commitment. His eyes, his humor, his generosity. I was looking for truth in actors and actresses. Those who are willing to work with a very intimate camera, which portrays the way they see and imagine while acting. Some like Raquel Bank, Carlos Portaluppi and Juliet Zylberberg They are friends of mine, much admired by me. The cast is gorgeous. I am very grateful to all of them, they were brave and confident in the search.
-To participate remotely in the Sundance Festival they gave you a virtual augmented reality headset.
-We were in the toughest pandemic, in a terrible moment with many losses. They mailed me a virtual reality headset which is shocking, which is to say, it is effective. So I participated in talks, saw work from colleagues and even went to virtual bars. This last experience was funny and terrifying in equal proportion, dressed as an avatar and listening to how they spoke to me and it seemed that they were next to me, in the living room of my house.
Premonition? A part of the film takes place in the middle of a pandemic. Ana Katz wrote and directed the film before Covid-19. Press photo
-And how about the Rotterdam Festival?
-I love that festival, which I also experienced virtually. I was happy that our work was seen there. The looks are plural, I saw singular films that are not easily accessible. And we won the Best Picture award.
-You have humor, put unexpected notes. Are you like this in your daily life?
-My friends should answer, but I would say yes. At least they tell me. I can’t without it.
Daniel Katz, Ana’s brother and the protagonist, who wants to take his dog to work. But they don’t let it. Press photo
-You dedicate “The dog that does not shut up” to Nicolás Villamil, the musician of almost all your films, who died …
-Yes, he was also a very good friend of mine. She was an extraordinary person, very luminous, with whom we became friends at the age of 15, studying theater at Hugo Midón’s school. Nicolás composed this music in a difficult process, I told him what I imagined and he played the piano. When I heard it I did not understand how someone could understand something so beautifully. His music is in the movie, and I understand that sharing it is honoring his life, his joy and the beauty of his creation.
Several years of production
Ana Katz on the set. I went to the Mar del Plata Festival as a student “and we watched 4 movies a day.” Press photo
-How was the shoot? Because putting together the production of the film took several years …
-Yes, the movie uses the ellipsis tool as one of its pillars. Sebastian is seen with very large physical changes, as time passes and goes through different stages. It was a project that was born very clear, always guided by strong feelings, which needed to make space little by little, always with the support of Laura Huberman, the producer and the team. Ramiro Pavón, from OhMy Gómez, also joined. in the production.
-Did you film it in stages?
-I started filming essays, with the camera that the Universidad del Cine lent us. I felt like going back to the beginning, like retracing a path to reconnect with those first sensations that filming generated in us. And then yes, later we shoot in a structured way.
The humor that the film has runs in parallel with the one that Katz carries in his daily life. Photo Lucia Merle
-Why did you decide to shoot it in black and white?
-From the beginning I thought so. I think I started from the desire to lower the noise level. The feeling that the audiovisual presence is constant in networks, series, movies, advertisements where it is consumed from an automatic place, one knows where to laugh, where to cry, you do it without even failing.
But the most genuine perception is different. Like when the power goes out and, after the first moment of anxiety, an aura of calm and enjoyment appears, which even leads us to regret when everything “normalizes”. Normal life today has too much noise. The cinematographers I worked with are wonderful, I admire them and it was a luxury to have their collaboration.
The director tells why she decided to shoot it in black and white. Press photo
-In the film a pandemic occurs, people are wearing diving suits, and you wrote and shot the film before. You are a forerunner …–
-That’s what they say, hehe. Perhaps it is true that from art you can read what is already in the air. On the other hand, if we are talking about a planet that asks us to respect it so as not to get unbalanced, the signals are constant, they appear everywhere.
The mirror of the film of what was lived later was quite shocking. Before filming we used to say “science fiction scenes”, and afterwards it was a complex daily reality. The maker of the movie bubbles sold similar ones later, during the pandemic.
-Rita, the bitch, is it yours, or your brother’s? Did you make a selection?
-Rita was Daniel’s dog, he adored her. In the scene where they play together on the field, the way they had to spend time together is portrayed. There is also a dog I had, Krompka.
Carla Peterson and the clapperboard for “Alternative Therapy,” which Katz co-directed with Jazmin Stuart. Photo: Star +
-How do you see the future of cinema in times when streaming advances more and more?
-I still find the cinema magical, the darkness of the room, the collective experience. And the delicacy of the previous walk, of the subsequent conversation. I think I like cinema more and more. It is a meeting space, a way of traveling.
-What did “Alternative Therapy” leave you, the series you recorded for Star +?
-A challenging writing, setting and editing experience. I loved working with the actors, and the ability to develop characters over ten chapters. Writing the scripts was a huge, voluminous experience that I really enjoyed together with Alejandro Jovic and Daniel Katz. Dialogues, contradictions and sensuality with other times.
“The dog that does not shut up” is screened this Saturday at 4:30 p.m., at the Aldrey 1 cinema.
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