Interview with Filmmaker Patricia Delso Lucas (Csend/Days Without Talking)

Csend/Days Without Talking played to rave reviews at the February 2022 FEEDBACK Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I wanted to explore the limits of meaningful dialogue. More often than not we end up trapped in conversations where nobody is listening, they are rather a collection of monologues taking place at the same time.

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

It was one day to brainstorm with the actors, which co-wrote their own lines, one day for me to make sense of the outcome and make it into a script with a beginning-to-end structure, one day to shoot it and two days to edit it.

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

Mispurposed monologues

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

Each actor is filmed in a single take. They had to nail the performance all throughout. This was a challenge already. Luckily both actors are trained in theatre, where remaining in character for the duration of an entire play is a ‘must’. The biggest challenge however was the accuracy with which I had to time the silent reaction moments from one actor to the other one, the one speaking, so that when edited together, side by side in a split screen, they would appear as having a conversation (which they’re not). We needed about 10 takes per actor to achieve this.

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

It such a great experience to hear direct feedback from the audience like this. They made me see new layers in the film that I wasn’t aware of, new meanings and details. I’m very grateful for it. It always fascinates to witness me how a film, or any other work or art, once it’s finishes and starts to be shares with audiences, it’s no longer exclusively the director’s or the artist’s vision, it grows and acquires new identities with each new point of view from
an audience.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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

I’ve always knew I wanted to observe and tell stories. I started writing short fiction stories when I was 8 and I finished a 100 pages long novel at the age of 14. I had also been actively drawing since I was very little, which made my writing very visual, of course, at the level of what one can write as a child or a teen. During my university years, I was also involved in theatre, in the technical side of it: lighting. It was also then that I got a video camera, which I used to film testimonies of my grandparents from their times during the Spanish Civil War and post war. I also observed them, with my camera, during their daily life routines. I love documentary, this was my first love in filmmaking. It was not until I decided to join the documentary film program at Madrid’s Film Institute that all of this background came together and I made my first formal short film, “Espejismos”. After that I haven’t stopped filming.

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

The Mirror, by Andrei Tarkovsky

8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?

I always enjoy live Q&A where there can be a direct interaction with the audience.

9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?

It’s been very good so far. Easy and extensive communication, with a clear plan on the festival’s strategy and all relevant information required.

10. What is your favorite meal?

Spanish paella – I know, I know, such an stereotype being Spanish, but it’s truly delicious.

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

I am currently writing my first feature script. I also have two other short films ideas that I will perhaps start developing for production soon.

By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival www.wildsound.ca

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