with the director: Guillermo Asensio
How did the idea come about?
film is based on the play “Crónica de Jose Agarrotado”
by the theatre company loscorderos.sc. I was invited to the preview of
the play two years ago and I was really impressed by what I saw. From
the very beginning I realised that this piece had great potential for
film, but obviously not just as filmed theatre.
differences are there between the play and the film?
I think that theatre and film are media that need to be approached in
different ways. My objective was to transmit, through the use of image,
similar sensations to the ones I had felt while watching the play. Broadly
speaking, the play and the film deal with an impossible relationship,
however there are fundamental differences in the narrative and central
is the central theme of the film?
We are always creating expectations of unknown, future situations. Usually,
they are mental projections based on memories and images from past situations,
that we modify according to our state of mind. We relive these moments
so intensely that, with time, we are not always able to distinguish between
what really happened and what was simply imagined. The theme of the film
is centred around this mental process.
people interpret this as a film about homosexuals, what do you think?
It’s a fairly universal film, open to many interpretations. Despite
the fact that the roles are played by two boys, I have always thought
of the story as a relationship between a man and a woman. I think that
feelings of friendship, love, hate and jealousy are pretty much the same
in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. If the parts had been
played by a man and a woman, the story would have been interpreted in
a more stereotypical way and the idea of friendship would have got lost.
do you place so much emphasis on the visual aspect?
The photography in the film is not used gratuitously. To my mind, the
editing, composition and camerawork are part and parcel of the creative
process that take the spectator through the same emotional journey as
the characters. A big chunk of the story is narrated visually, leaving
the images to speak for themselves.
was it like working with the actors?
David and Pablo’s involvement in the project was a key factor in
achieving such good quality acting. Although we had a lot of things in
common from the start, I was still surprised that they readily accepted
that we weren’t going to film their play, but create something completely