Carlos Azpúrua: I am a political filmmaker

The problem is that the contributions owed since 2016 become an obstacle for Venezuelan filmmakers.

The word that best defines Carlos Azpúrua is, perhaps, passion. It is not for less since, from his first documentary works, the search for the truth has won him many followers but also enemies. "Of course, always debating in the world of ideas."

Since March 25, he assumed a new challenge: to be president of the National Autonomous Center of Cinematography (Cnac), which will be 27 years old tomorrow.

"Would you dare to film with a cell phone?"

- Of course. I've done it with The Battle of the Bridges. I went to the border with a little camera. There are telephones that give you greater recording capacity than any camera. It is a technical possibility. It can be a phone or whatever you want. The momentum is what we have to train.

"Why the impetus?"

—It's being the filmmaker who wants to go to the register of passion, emotion, and facts. It is his need to express himself through cinema, through the visual. The problem now is not technological. It is simply to train our filmmakers and contribute to their technical and ideological training to be a comprehensive filmmaker. That is where you have to aim.

"Is there room for any filmmaker at the Cnac?"

"It's open to all filmmakers." Your ideology doesn't matter. As the Minister of Culture (Ernesto Villegas) says: here there is a spirit for everything and a desire for everything. What there are are limited resources and we must administer them democratically, honestly and clearly. See how far we can go. We must continue to strengthen the institution. God sent me this fight, but it corresponds to me out of revolutionary commitment. We must increase the credibility of the Cnac through its truthfulness, its spirit of equality and loyalty towards the filmmakers.

"What next movie would you like to direct?"

—I would love, because I am a political filmmaker, to delve into fiction the drama of a wretched man like President Iván Duque, who betrays his society. The drama of those beings that in the midst of such particular circumstances that their country lives, massacre their people, their youth. It could be a subject for a documentary or fiction. As I am passionate about the evolution of history, how can I not feel my immense indignation, as a human being, before this perverse picture that is that being that today threatens us as Venezuelans?

"And in comedy?"

"I have a divine comedy." It's called Between buns and hallacas. There are seven women who are at the farewell of a being, of which all were his wives, who is dying of cancer and they meet to make hallacas. They all get a divine scratch and the truths begin to come out. It is not a film with a patriarchal perception, since I consider that the subject of women can be narrated from different angles.

"Is it autobiographical?"

—A little bit (laughs).

Since March 25, he is the president of the National Autonomous Center of Cinematography


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