Interview with Filmmaker Matilde Cellie (CAMILLA)

CAMILLA played to rave reviews at the April 2021 LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

What motivated you to make this film?

During the second year of my University in Milan we had to make different short movies for different classes. “Camilla” was my first movie as a director, writer and executive producer. We had carte blanche on everything. The only thing our teacher asked us to do was to delve into ourselves and bring out a subject that was just “ours”. I decided that was time to talk about how important, upsetting, stressful and scary it can be to discover one’s sexuality during adolescence.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

It took abut three months to write it. I asked help to a terrific writer, who also was a friend of mine. Despite having clear the plot, the characters, the locations and the shots it was difficult to write the dialogues. It took a month to organise the crew, the cast and locations. I was very lucky to find the perfect members for the project. Moreover, the maze that you see at the beginning and at the end of the movie it is the biggest maze in the world in his kind and it happened to be in Parma, where I live. Finally, the shooting was done in four days.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Intense and gentle.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Probably the short amount of time we had to shoot. There were too many shots and location’s change.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

I was terrified. My biggest fear was that I wasn’t able to convey the meaning of the movie. But then I heard people analyze the characters and their purpose and find new amazing interpretations. I was moved.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

It all started creating the character of Charon (the disturbing and demonic figure in the movie). I studied greek literature and always found it fascinating. I decided to talk about something I knew from the past and combine it with a theme of our times. Charon is the metaphor of Camilla’s inner discomfort.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Wasn’t clear yet? Pan’s Labyrinth of course. Directed by Guillermo del Toro.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

I think it’s an amazing and efficient platform. It gives you the possibility to show your movie all over the world in a very simple and effective way.

9. What is your favorite meal?

Well, I am Italian so anything my mom cooks. And pasta.

10. What is next for you? A new film?

I hope so. First of all I wish I could travel abroad again and then create new opportunities for myself in the film industry.

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