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THREE QUESTIONS FOR GAEL GARCIA BERNAL


You have acted in movies of great world reknown film directors. How much has the experience of working with them helped you as a director, and why did you want to become a director yourself? 

    • Well, I don't want to be a director because I feel I already have a big job as an actor. But I still want to do films every now and then. For example, I play football, but I'm not a professional football player. The same way, I want to do films but I can't say that I'm a director. I prefer to see myself only as an actor. And why direct films? Well the same reason why make a production company, why make anything – just because there is an opportunity of making it and there is a story to tell. I'll wait until I have another story to tell. It requires a lot of work to make a film; I need some time also.
 
 

Your first movie, Deficit, discusses the social differences in Mexico, but also a sort of revolution that is being prepared beyond the walls of the well-gated richman's home. Do you believe in the possibility of a revolution? In the possibility of a rebellion? 

      
    • Yes, in a way. But it can happen violently or it can happen peacefully. We're talking abstract terms, and we're not talking specific terms. I mean, I would say that in Mexico and in perhaps in other parts of the world, it's happening. I don't think it's needed, I think it's already in place. It's not the usual topic of “Oh, I think we need a revolution!” It’s already in place, it’s already happening. There is a revolution in many ways. I mean, cinema is quite revolutionary in the sense that it is a great way of getting to know other parts of the world, and it's very easy to see films from all over the world through the Internet. That is something that is quite revolutionary. When I was a kid, it was quite strange to think that a film would be on Internet. It's like putting it on a cloud, and all of a sudden, people from all over the world will be able to see it. That's a very difficult thing to think about, and that it's possible. Actually, with this film, Revolucion, that's what we did. We put it on the Internet at the same time that it came out in cinemas and television in Mexico, and it's seen all over the world. That's also quite revolutionary. Cinema is revolutionary, but cinema can not change the world or incite revolution, because that gives it a lot of responsibilities. But cinema is good for reflecting on something that has happened. It can also be kind of a catalyst for change. Yet cinema by itself is not a vessel for change. No art form on its own is a base for change. The Mexican Revolution is very important nowadays. It was not only a terrible civil war where many people died, but it was a big mind shift and a big change in cultural identity. The bonding that it created and the totality of what Mexico is right now is thanks to the Revolution. Mexico is a big country, but it has many different Mexicos inside Mexico. Big country many different Mexicos inside Mexico. You travel one hour and the culture changes – the food changes a lot, the race changes a lot, and even the language changes a lot. But the Revolution but things in its place and gave us sort of a complete identity. That has its good things, but it also has its totalitarian holes. For example, it was interesting to see Burnt by the Sun 2 because the characters are very scared to express themselves religiously. After the triumph of the revolution of Mexico, there was a big persecution as well of religious activities. They weren't allowed and people were scared because of it.
 

You have been here for a few days. What did you get a chance to see and what are your impressions of our festival? 

    • Well, I've seen from here, to the hotel; from the hotel, to my room. I've seen very little, but I went up the mountain so I was able to see Montenegro, Bosnia, Croatia, and it's great to be on a mountain and to be able to see so many different places. I think that the atmosphere of the festival is very small, and very nice, and very, very interesting.


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