«The basis of creation is to depict revulsion, anger, pain and dissent»

Julio Hernández Cordón presents his film in the Latin American Competition

I Promise You Anarchy is one of the most powerful Mexican films in the Latin American Competition. A harsh story about a Mexico built upon disappearances and losses. In that context, like that which resists to die, appears love, desire, the young naiveté of believing that you can fight against cruel powers and structures. "We are our own generation, our own monster, we are our own present and yet we love each other”.

I Promise You Anarchyportrays a terribly cruel world from the almost innocent perspective of its two protagonists, something which makes the violence portrayed even harsher. How did you come up with this idea?

I wanted to talk about two elements: impunity and the disappeared. For me, it’s important to talk about the place where I live, to build a portrayal of the place or the country I live in. Maybe if I lived in a country where problems were less cruel, my films would probably be more intimate or less rabid in their everyday reality.

There are recurrent themes in your films –told from different angles- and a very strong authorial style. How would you define your authorial style?

I think every film I make is different from the previous ones. At first, I moved away from anything that reminded me of the school where I studied. I think my films are more like a quest, a handcrafted cinema for some, or guerrilla cinema for others. I like framing, but not formal framing. I’d rather talk about people who find it hard to live in their space.

The love relationship between the protagonists is portrayed in a very natural way; gestures are more important than dialogues to show love, anger, mixed feelings. How did you work that from the script?

I don’t consider myself a very talkative person. I think the characters love the way I love.

The protagonists are skaters and non-actors. What was your experience directing them and which were the difficulties when it came to shooting?

I don’t do casts. I looked them on Facebook. They consider themselves heterosexual. I got together with them before shooting in order to talk about a lot of things, to get to know them better, I took a lot from their personalities. Before shooting, we did some lying exercises, I asked them to lie to me the best they could, but using their background. I introduced a subject and they improvised. It was all done by instinct. They came to me as two amazing gifts for my story.

Your films are huge successes not only in Latin America. What are your expectations for the premiere of I Promise You Anarchy and the audience reception at the Festival?

I’m worried that in Argentina they see Mexican and Centro American cinema as crude and other pejorative adjectives, focused on poverty. To me, the basis of creation is to depict revulsion, anger, pain and dissent. Al least, the creators I respect: from Nirvana, Fante, Goya, Otto Dix, Nan Goldin, Weegee, Francis Bacon, Los Tigres del Norte and many others. I feel that in Argentina people who write about cinema are more pop than the avant-garde they complain about. So it would be interesting to talk about it with the audience. To say that cinema, when it’s created, depends on the context of its creators. Regarding the audience, some will love the film, others will hate it and others will be indifferent. What I’m sure of is that they will watch a story that has a very specific geographic point: Mexico.

TUE 3, 1.10 pm, CIN 1
TUE 3, 9.40 pm, CIN 1
WED 4, 4.00 pm, CIN 1


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