- Title: 'La Cordillera' brings human dimension to politics
- Date: 25th May 2017
- Summary: BOATS IN HARBOUR / DARIN BEING INTERVIEWED DARIN BEING INTERVIEWED (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ACTOR, RICARDO DARIN, SAYING: "Politicians are human beings, even though it's hard for us to believe. We're used to seeing them in their role, their role as a public servant. But they're people who have problems, they have families, they have their own pains. The logical way or tool to tell this story was principally giving them these characteristics, the most human characteristics possible to allow the viewer inside the lives of these people." DARIN BEING INTERVIEWED (SOUNDBITE) (English and Spanish) ACTOR, RICARDO DARIN, SAYING: "No, no, no, nobody because this is fiction, it's not reality, and â€¦ [SWITCHES TO SPANISH] our main focus in this story wasâ€¦ because we are criticizing the political system universally, in some ways, was that it didn't have any connotations to someone real. We specifically made sure that it didn't seem like a politician, at least not an Argentine one that we know." VARIOUS OF ACTRESS, DOLORES FONZI, DURING INTERVIEW (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ACTRESS, DOLORES FONZI, SAYING: "Yes, my character is the private side of this politician, who is the president of a country with a political life. Then this daughter comes about who brings him into conflict with his private life, his private life and his political life. I also think my character is the president's mental trip as he goes down a complicated path which is carried out throughout the movie. And I think, obviously, politicians should be more in touch with their humanity. Like the movie says at one point, politicians sometimes use good or bad to their benefit and not how their humanity would have them (use it). It's like they forget they're human and forget about humanity and do something for themselves. As if they aren't humans and aren't going to leave anything to anyone. So, common sense and social consciousness and all those things humans have sometimes get locked up in this world of power and ambition." BOATS IN HARBOUR TOWN WITH 'CANNES' SIGN IN DISTANCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DIRECTOR, SANTIAGO MITRE, SAYING: "The movie is the portrait of a president's intimacy. Of course, when you get close to a president's intimacy the person behind the president comes out. While I was writing the script, I noticed that politicians generally try to control every aspect of their lives. Not just public and political aspects, but also over their personal story and family life. So, some conflicts can arise when we try to control everything."
- Embargoed: 8th June 2017 00:16
- Keywords: Dolores Fonzi Santiago Mitre Ricardo Darin La Cordillera The Summit
- Location: CANNES, FRANCE / UNIDENTIFIED FILM LOCATIONS
- City: CANNES, FRANCE / UNIDENTIFIED FILM LOCATIONS
- Country: France
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Film,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0026I799OJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Argentina director Santiago Mitre brought his latest film, 'La Cordiellera' ('The Summit') to Cannes on Wednesday (May 24).
The political drama, starring Ricardo Darin as newly-elected Argentine President Hernan Blanco, is set during a three-day leaders' summit in the Andes. There, he is forced to confront his inner demons as he faces both political and personal decisions, with the arrival of his daughter Marina (Dolores Fonzi).
Darin said his character is not based on an actual politician.
"We specifically made sure that it didn't seem like a politician, at least not an Argentine one that we know." he said.
Actress Dolores Fonzi said that she felt politicians should be more in touch with their "human dimension."
"Like the movie says at one point, politicians sometimes use good or bad to their benefit and not how their humanity would have them (use it). It's like they forget they're human and forget about humanity," she said.
Director Santiago Mitre said that he wanted to explore conflicts between the public and private lives of political leaders.
Meanwhile, when asked whether he could imagine a personal film about U.S. President Donald Trump, he said it would be "a horror film" and "can't even imagine what's going through his mind."
The film is screening in competing in Cannes' 'Un Certain Regard' section.
The film festival runs until May 28.
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