Interview with Filmmaker Enma Brenes (MARY)

MARY was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the August 2021 THRILLER Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Film as a language has an extraordinary capacity to produce so alive collective experiences. From my perspective, cinema is the pinnacle of manifestations of human culture, as music, its universality makes it so powerful and empathic.

Particularly, this film was born from the necessity to explore the language and form of cinema; the joy of making it, and of course to correspond to the many contemporary social issues that we are facing, I think the last is a responsibility for every artist, to be aware and to be political.

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

It took about 6 months to complete its final shape. Most of the time writing process and so much effort on sound design.

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

I think “loud silence” is a good definition. In my country, many women, particularly those dedicated to the household, are screaming out in silence for personal freedom.

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

Self-doubt, can I really do this? Limitations exist, however, I think we can do whatever we feel passionate about.

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

It was just a surprise that people recognized those little details, they seem to be really honest and passionate in their thoughts about the film. It was a really exciting moment, I can’t fully describe how insightful and meaning full it was.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

As a teenager, I felt attracted by Computer Graphics and 3D animation first, then I became obsessed with the technicalities of cinema, mainly cinematography, sound, and editing. After that, when I started to see cinema beyond technical, I realized that what I really wanted was writing and directing, something that I had never been considered as a possibility. I just love to look around, imagine and write it down; making films is just a great pleasure.

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

As a kid, “Toy Story”, hundreds of times! Next, I think Wim Wenders, “Paris Texas”.

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

It is great, very democratic. You can choose from a huge variety, descriptions on festival visions are very helpful to find those that have the potential to connect with your film.

9. What is your favorite meal?

Mom’s lasagna.

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

Yes. I am working on the pre-production of 2 new short films that will be on the same page as Mary, contemporary women issues, and alienation. I hope they are completed by mid 2022.

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