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Interview – Rodrigo Sorogoyen – ‘Mother’ – A Short Film

Director Sorogoyen’s Mother (Madre) shares the story of a young boy who gets separated from his mother.  This intense tale has won numerous outstanding awards at festivals around the world, including the Goya Award for Best Fiction Short Film. The live action short stars one of Spain’s most popular actresses Marta Nieto.

While at home in her apartment with her own mother in Spain, a woman gets a phone call from her six-year-old son, who’s on holiday in France with his father. Every parent’s nightmare ensues.

Rodrigo Sorogoyen began working from a young age as a screenwriter for television. Along with three partners, he set up Caballo Films and directed their first film Stockholm. The film received excellent reviews and won multiple awards. Rodrigo also received a Goya nomination for Best New Director. His next film Que Dios nos Perdone won the Jury Award for Best Script at the San Sebastian Film Festival and the Goya for Best Actor for Álamo. Madre followed and in 2018 he will release his fourth film El Reino.

The lead actress Marta Nieto began her career in television in the TV series “Hospital Central” and in “Motivos Personales”, and has a long track record in the world of television. Nieto has worked on
such popular Spanish television shows as “Frágiles”, “Los hombres de Paco”, “Hermanos y detectives”, “Cuéntame como pasó”, “Mar de Plástico” and “El ministerio del tiempo”.

The beautiful cinematography was created by Alejandro de Pablo, edited by Alberto del Campo and the film was produced by María del Puy Alvarado and Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Malvalanda S.L. and Caballo Films).

Interview - Rodrigo Sorogoyen - 'Mother'

Interview:

To begin with, tell us about your latest film ‘Mother’…

MOTHER is a short film based on the feature film of the same name, my latest film after THE REALM. It is a very special film because it is my second film as a producer after STOCKHOLM and besides, one could say it is a change of register as both MAY GOD FORGIVE US and THE REALM are two very much genre films, a crime thriller and a political thriller, whereas MOTHER goes back to the essence of STOCKHOLM which is a much smaller and more personal story, a film much more about emotions and characters.

Where did the idea come from? How did you get involved?

Something similar to the set-up happened to a girl-friend of mine, though obviously without a tragedy occurring. Which is to say, she lived through the situation of receiving a telephone call from her son who was on vacation with her ex-husband, and the boy told her he didn’t know where his father was. What lasted three minutes in real life, in our short film is lengthened to a tragedy with maximum tension. It seemed to me to be very powerful material for a thriller with very few elements, for a thriller which begins in a very everyday situation and ends in the huge emotional rollercoaster ride of the protagonist, Elena.

Tell us about the cast, who is starring in ‘Mother’?

The cast in the short film is Marta Nieto and Blanca Apilánez and the voice of the boy is Álvaro Balas. Blanca Apilánez plays mother and grandmother, she is a very well-known actress who has been working for many years in Spanish film and television to great success. 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 all too clear she is an actress of incredible talent.

What are your influences as a filmmaker?

It would be unfair and difficult to name even just three, there are influences which can even be unconscious. What I like most is the kind of realism which creates a certain discomfort in the spectator. There are directors who can do that, starting from Haneke and including Lanthimos, even Scorsese can give you these uncomfortable moments.

What advice would you give any up and coming filmmakers, trying to crack the industry?

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

When and where can we expect to see ‘Mother’?

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

What is your next step? Do you have other projects in production?

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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