The video interview with Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo, directors of Latin America, starring Elio Germano in the role of a dentist who hides a secret. In the hall.
After having participated in the 78th edition of the Venice International Film Festival, Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo return to the hall from 13 December with America Latina, third work they always directed and written. Shot in Latina, the film stars Elio Germano, who returns to work with his brothers after the success of Favolacce.
The actor plays Massimo, a dentist who loves his family, has a wife and two daughters, with whom he lives in an unusual three-story house complete with a swimming pool and dogs. One day like many others, the man goes down to the cellar and his life changes forever. Poor in dialogue and full of images made above all of reflections and plays of light and shadow, Latin America is a journey into the mind of its protagonist.
We talked about it with the the D’Innocenzo brothers, met at the Lido of Venice: among their sources of inspiration, the directors also cited the work of the cartoonist Don Rosa, author of The Saga of Paperon de ‘Paperoni.
The video interview with Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo
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Latin America and the inspiration of Don Rosa’s Scrooge Scrooge
You said that one of your sources of inspiration was Don Rosa: how did the cartoonist’s work affect yours?
Fabio D’Innocenzo: For us Don Rosa was an inspiration. Following him we drew all the shots of the film. If you browse our storyboards you see the film in preview, with those colors, those angles, distortions. All that is then rendered through perception. For us the relationship with the image is fundamental, there is an almost perennial dialogue. We know that if a scene can only be supported by the image, without the use of dialogue, it is a powerful scene. In editing, we often see the scenes without dialogue, to understand if they work or not. You are surrounded by a very important frame, which is clearly a source of study by the whole crew: we try to give the right advice so that this happens.
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Why do you think a man crying is still a shocking thing in 2022?
Damiano D’Innocenzo: Because the more we go forward the more we become entangled in being human. Being a person with not only performative feelings is seen as an idiotic thing. I don’t know why. With our films, with our poems, with our photographs, we try to unmask a side of sweetness, of strangeness, of mistake. Which are the things I love in people. Even you now that you hold the tripod, with difficulty, with the tip of the foot that trembles a little: this is important. This makes life interesting. It is always there on the detail. I think we are no longer used to looking at detail so we are no longer paradoxically surprised by crying because it is not supported by something that comes first, that is the approach to crying, a look that asks you for help. We don’t know what to mean. And then we see someone crying but without a background that led to crying and he seems stupid to us. Instead it is we who have not been good at understanding that he was going to cry.
Latin America and creative solutions
I was struck by the scene in which Sara Ciocca’s character invents an acrobatic way to drink water, while Germano’s can drink as much as he wants and leave the bottles around. The representation of privilege. You haven’t even cut the burp. How did you work on it?
Fabio D’Innocenzo: The burp is the result of Sara Ciocca’s digestive system! It is something that he proposed to us. He told us: “It will come naturally to me to do it.” And we told her: “Do it! It’s beautiful”. There shouldn’t be something in a thriller that makes you smile. Compared to the girl’s peculiar way of drinking, it represents what we love in the cinema: we too, using a metaphor, are forced to drink that way. We too are forced to work with creativity in a profound and necessary way. For us, cinema must continue to be the main source of fantasy. I am happy that there are other types of cinema, but we have to tell stories. Stories must be original, we must try to bring out the creativity. Since cinema is the most complex, most definitive art form. So live creativity also in drinking and living.