Interview Rodrigo Sorogoyen: Something similar happened to a girlfriend of mine

Madre (Mother) is the incredible heart-stopping film by director Rodrigo Sorogoyen.  We had the opportunity to talk to Rodrigo about his award-winning film which is taking film festivals by storm.  We were able to ask him where the idea of the film came from, how long production was, how he managed to the brilliant actress Marta Nieto and his upcoming projects.

Hi Rodrigo, how are you?

Fine, and you?

Congratulations on your newest short film Madre (mother). Where did the idea from the story come from?

Something similar happened to a girlfriend of mine, though obviously without a tragedy occurring. What lasted three minutes in real life, in our short film is lengthened to a tragedy with maximum tension.

It’s a very gripping and touching film about a mother desperately trying to get her son back to safety. Marta Nieto is incredible as the mother. How did you find her?

Marta Nieto isn’t exactly a discovery, because I knew her work and she is well known in Spain, but it is also true that she has never had such a big role to play and the result speaks for themselves. It is very clear that she is an actress of incredible talent.

Was there a specific scene she had to act out as part of her casting?

Actually, I took the script of the short film and I boiled it down so that the actress didn’t have to prepare the whole text for an audition, that would have been too much. I took the same situation, I cut it right down and made Marta Nieto improvise, and from that, I was able to see the huge potential she has as an actress.

How long did it take to make this film? From creating the idea to the very last minute in post-production.

From the idea itself, ten years, because it is a screenplay which I had in my head for a long time, and the production of the film dates from 2016, so I mean, just think (laughter). Preproduction started in October 2016 and the short was finished in February 2017 because we were already presenting it at festivals by March that year.

What do you hope people will take away with them from this film?

It’s a story I want the spectator to be deeply affected by, to be moved in some way. I hope the spectator feels emotions in some way.

You’ve already been to some film festivals with this movie such as Miami Film Festival where you won the award for the Best Short film. Are there any more film festivals Madre (Mother) will be screening at?

The short film is playing in the USA at the Recent Cinema from Spain screening in Los Angeles on October 12th and in New York Shorts on the 20th of October.

What advice would you give up-and-coming filmmakers who want to get a foot into the door of the film industry?

Never be afraid to make mistakes, make mistakes when you shoot short films, and that will help you meet more people and understand the approach you want to adopt, to get to know yourself. The only advice I can give is to not be paralyzed by the fear of showing your work. You need to shoot without any sense of fear at all.

One more last question: Do you have any upcoming projects?

I always have several projects in mind, and we’re in production with MOTHER, the feature film, with a very strong script, but I do know that after MOTHER, I want to take a rest and calmly decide what I want to do with the rest of my life.


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