You are now preparing your new film The Third Side of the River. At what stage are you?
I have a treatment and I’m developing the script, which I’m writing myself. I’m also looking for funds.
Did you talk about your presence at this Open Doors Factory with Martin Scorsese? Did he give you any advice on how to handle producers and industry partners?
Yes. He said this sort of initiative is important, that it could help find the money to make my film. Mr Scorsese did not give me advice on producers or partners yet, but when we were discussing my previous film, I asked his advice on getting that distributed and Mr Scorsese offered to present it, to put his name on it.
How is the Open Doors Factory going?
Excellently. First, we had two days training on how to pitch our film projects, giving us presentation techniques, and by the end of the second day, when we all presented our projects, we could see progress in this area within every director-producer pair! Today we started individual meetings – they last just seven minutes – with potential partners. My producer, Juan, and I have already had eight meetings with people from all over Europe. And we will have another two days of these one-on-one meetings, probably 30 all together.
Next in your agenda is the Venice Festival, taking part in la Giornate Degli Autori – Venice Days. What are your expectations?
I expect to get more recognition. It is most important to screen to international audiences and to get a feel of how they react to your film.
I will have reviews, and that is also important for the future of the film that will be screened in Venice – how it is programmed in festivals, for sales – as well as for the future of my other projects. Actually, the film has already been invited to the London Film Festival in October, as well as to Vienna, Thessaloniki and to Munich next year.
Finally, what are the next meetings planned with your mentor, Martin Scorsese?
I shall return to Buenos Aires for three weeks before spending four days in Venice. I expect to travel to New York to meet Martin Scorsese at the end of September. He has begun editing his latest film now and will be working non-stop. His editing is a long process, about one year what with editing sound and image, and doing post-production.