Spaniard Carlos Sora says watching movies from your mobile phone is an ‘insult’

This content was published on Oct 04, 2021 – 22:56

Mariana Gonzalez Marquez

Guadalajara (Mexico), October 4 (EFE). – Spanish director Carlos Saura on Monday opposed the possibility of watching films through a mobile phone, a practice he described as an “insult” to cinema, during his visit to the cinema. International Film Festival in Guadalajara (Western Mexico).

He said at a press conference.

Saura (Huesca, 1932) is one of the highlights of the festival at which he will premiere his film “El rey de todo el mundo”, which showcases the folklore of this country and is filmed almost entirely in Mexico.

The director spoke out loud when he considered that the aesthetic proposal and the months-planned production details of a film were lost when viewed on a small screen, as in his last film collaborating with the Italian cinematographer. Vittorio Storaro.

“You can’t see this movie on a small or medium-large screen, you have to see it big because it’s made for that, because it has a great sound, we’ve taken care of so many details and it’s a pity it all goes to hell, I’m so angry about this issue.”


He praised directors who could shoot a documentary or short film from the digital technology provided by a mobile phone, but emphasized that the “problem” was that cinema remained among the video platforms in demand.

“Digital transformation has made filmmaking much easier. Today anyone who has any camera, with two or three actors or friends can make a great movie, the problem is who watches those movies, (…) the cinema is now within easy reach of Very strong and powerful platforms and televisions and that’s a problem.”

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The premiere of “El rey de todo el mundo” will be part of the festival’s celebrations as part of the 36th edition of the festival, which runs until October 9, with Guatemala as the guest of honour.

Saura confirmed that this film is one of his favorite films and is distinguished from more than 20 documentaries that focus on music because it sought to adapt the rhythms of Mexican folklore to the story starring Mexicans Ana de la Reguera and Manuel Garcia Rulfo, and this also tells with the participation of international dancer Isaac Hernandez.

“We and the musicians Carlos Rivera and Alfonso Aguilar have tried to renew the rhythms and adapt them to our history, because in this film something is told, before anything of my musical is told, they are musicals in their pure state, almost documentaries,” he explained.


He added that the film turned into a “creative and imaginative musical” that allowed greater freedom in presenting scenes on the screen.

The duet with Storaro was essential for Saura to be able to show off the culture and colorful dances of Mexican folklore that at some point became the heroes of history.

“I’ve worked with him on seven films like he’s been great,” Saura said. “I’ve never worked with anyone with the speed, intelligence, deep friendship and agreement that we have.”

The film’s producer, Eusebio Pasha, announced that after its premiere in Guadalajara, the film will be shown at Valladolid International Film Week at the end of October, then travel to Estonia, India, Cairo, the United States and other festivals.

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The Guadalajara International Film Festival will run until October 9 with hundreds of screenings of short fiction, documentaries and animation, as well as sexual diversity-related themes competing for the Mezcal, Maguey and Rigo Mora Awards. EFE

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