Cinema Chile

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS : Álvaro Gauna, Cristián Ortíz and Fabiola Flores tell us about “Kadima, el tiempo contenido” and its premiere in Docs MX

November 22, 2022

Kadima, el tiempo contenido, film debut of its directors Álvaro Gauna and Cristian Ortíz, produced by Fabiola Flores, had its world premiere in Mexico City a few weeks ago during the 17th edition of the Docs Mx International Festival in the Nuestra América section.

The documentary film produced by Viraje Films, in association with Lucho films and co-produced by Sónica Films, narrates through a poetic language the life of an older man, who has inhabited different processes of cultural resistance during the Pinochet dictatorship, while crossing the social outbreak that connects with his istory and artistic praxis, and a pandemic that intensifies the crisis throughout the national territory.

During its realization it had the opportunity to participate in various laboratories such as Bolivia Lab, in addition to winning international awards such as Nuts Media Credit Design (Argentina).

After its successful world premiere we had the opportunity to interview both directors and their producer. We talked in depth about this work and all the details of its artistic and technical process.

 

 

Reaching the big screen of Docs Mx, was a new and rewarding sensation, even though it was always the goal. This is a moment of great joy, for me, for the team and for VIRAJE FILMS, it is also a challenge to share this and other projects that we have in developmentÁlvaro Gauna

 

 

It was a recognition of the team’s work. A sign that we have done things well, that our sensitivity has room in the industry and an opportunity to take our point of view to another frontier never thought beforeCristián Ortiz

 

 

I would like to point out that the Industry area of the festivals in which we participated tremendously strengthened the project and it is a super great emotion to be able to share it.Fabiola Flores

 

What do you think was the essential basis that motivated you to create this documentary

Cristian: The figure of Antonio Kadima was the first motivation. He has an infinite curriculum as an artist and counter-cultural manager of the margin. Secondly, the opportunity to achieve a beautiful work and unique in its nature, which is the constant search in the attempt to make art.

What was the main challenge you faced with the documentary, both in terms of script and direction?

Álvaro: We were presented with two milestones of great impact that led us to moments of much discussion from writing and direction. In the first instance, the social revolt in Chile, which clearly existed within the construction of the initial script that was not yet present.

We took a distance at that time to contemplate the new scenario of Kadima, where he began to perform other activities, to be present day by day in the streets recording with his camera every event that was within reach.

In a short time we realized with the team, Cristian and Fabiola Flores in production, that this contingent moment in Chile, the resistance embodied in Kadima, memory and history that for so long, has sheltered in Tallersol.

Then the pandemic came, so we had to add it. Difficult moment for any film production, however, through Kadima, we were able to approach its processes of self-management in the face of a moment that put in crisis its economy, processes that have allowed to sustain until today, a counterhegemonic cultural space and support of cultural resistance between 1973 and 1990, called Tallersol.

 

How many people worked in total during the making of the documentary film?

Fabiola: Working for years without any official funding would not have been possible without the collaboration and support of many people, especially Antonio Kadima,  Roger Bautista and friends of Tallersol.

In the technical and artistic team we were just a few, there were Cristian and Álvaro, directors, with roles in direct sound, editing, camera and photography, and in total there were more than 15 people, between producers and associations .

How was the process of co-direction with Christian? What anecdotes can you tell us

Álvaro:  Our co-directing had constant turning points. Many questions arose, especially because there were not many references addressed from observation, to a character from his current political and cultural action regarding memory.

Facing our first feature film that began as a thesis work for the university and we decided to continue was one of the great strengths that united us throughout the process

 

What do you think the reception will be like when you premiere in theatres?  

Cristian: It is an aesthetic product that offers a good experience to the viewer and very intelligently a political discourse that is enjoyed without much effort. It also has some complexities and levels of reading that are pleasant to those sensitivities able to connect with the message. For all this I trust it will have very good reception.

 

What expectations do you have for this  film based on a reality that is still present, but at the same time so changing in its processes

Fabiola: We have considered festivals in Europe, North America and Latin America linked to human rights, memory and nonfiction cinema, we also consider other audience possibilities such as universities, social organizations and art spaces, given the nature of the story we tell.