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SxSW 2015 Interview: THE CORPSE OF ANNA FRITZ director Hector Hernandez Vicens

by Jason Whyte

"Anyone can become a monster. The film shows the terrible struggle of human against himself: the human being against his basic and primitive instincts." Director Hector Hernandez Vicens on THE CORPSE OF ANNA FRITZ which screens in the Midnighters section of the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival.

Is this your first SxSW/Austin experience and are you going to attend your screenings?

Yes! It's my first film as a director and it is my first SxSW experience. Such a perfect festival for THE CORPSE OF ANNA FRITZ. I love a lot of films that have been seen in SxSW. Unfortunately, I won't be able to go to Austin due to work.

How did your movie come together as a director?

Well I wrote the script because I can't direct a film if I have not written it. For me, direction is one step more of the whole creation of the story. I direct because I want to explain MY stories!

What was your biggest challenge behind THE CORPSE OF ANNA FRITZ?

My main challenge had been to make a movie with no money and so with a very small team. Also, with no time! When you work with this conditions, sometimes you have no time and no means for make all the shoots that you would like, for example, and you have to make your film with the things you have.

Out of the whole experience, when was the moment you KNEW you had "something" with the movie?

Production is a very long process with a lot of steps. I can't choose a single favourite moment; perhaps the first time I thought "I had something" was during the casting of the actors when I saw an actor and I thought "It's he/she. He/She is perfect for the character...I've got it!". Everyday, during pre-production, production and postproduction, there was some moments than I thought "I've got it".

What keeps you going while making a movie? What drives you? How much coffee?

Coffee and Red bull!

For the aspiring filmmakers who read our site, I would love to know about the technical side of the film!

The director of photography and art director are the two keys of a movie that is filmed in an only set. We worked together the style I wanted for the film, the colours and tone, and we shot with a Red Epic and old Lomo optics made in 70s to soften the digital look and to win naturalism.

Alamo Drafthouse and Paramount theaters in Austin aside, if you could show this movie in any cinema in the world, which one would you choose and why?

A projection in a morgue were perfect. Or in a cemetery.

What would you say or do to someone who is talking, texting or being generally disruptive during a screening of your film?

THESE people! I think they are as some characters of my my film, and the story is about egotism!

There are a lot of up and coming filmmakers both at SxSW and reading our site. What would you want to tell them if they are aspiring to become a filmmaker?

I don't know! I suppose that I would tell them that, firstly, it is very necessary to have a good and personal story, and to look for a personal style. Also, the style that's only for this film. The most important thing is to have the film in your head before the casting and other important artistic and technical decisions.

And finally, what is the single, greatest movie that you have ever seen? (Or if you can't pick a favorite movie, how about at a film festival?)

I don't have a favourite movie or book or disc, although I have some favourite directors of course; Cronemberg, Scorsese, Haneke, Zulawski, Lars Von Trier, Gaspar Noe.. But there is a festival that is very special for me, and that is the Sitges Film Festival. It's near Barcelona, where I live, and I go there every year to see lots of films.

We hope you enjoyed this SxSW filmmaker interview in our now 40+ filmmaker interview series for our site. To see the entire series click on the "Live Report" series on your right. We will have interviews posted all throughout the festival so be sure to visit us often for more coverage!

This is one of the many films screening at the 2015 SXSW in Austin, Texas between March 13-21. For more information on this film screening times, point your browser to or use the SxSW GO App for Android and iOS.

Jason Whyte,
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