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Luis Villegas Talks VITAE
by Matias Garrido H., reporting from Chile
A second trailer for Luis Villegas' Vitae hit the internet a couple of weeks ago, and Twitch had the chance to have a word with Villegas himself.
With a scientific professional background, the writer and director of Vitae started to work on the film around mid-July 2012, with a first draft finished soon after. He spent the rest of the year rewriting. It was a rather small project at first, but after sharing the script around, it quickly attracted interest from friends involved in filmmaking, and in the first months of 2013 all the shooting was done.
With a calculated budget of U$32.000, between expenses and time invested from technicians and talents, the filmmaker assures that every participant who invested money and/or time in the film will take part of anything the film manages to amass, ensuring an honest collaboration between everyone involved. We'll have to wait until its announced premiere during August to see how it goes. So far they don't know if the film will reach the big cinemas, but if it doesn't premiere there, then schools, town halls and metal concerts will have to do; no matter what, Vitae will find its way to its audience.
From what can be seen in the trailer, the film looks very different from what usually comes from Santiago. It's definitely not trendy, neither in looks nor in content, with the protagonist being a death metal misfit from the outskirts of the city looking for a job. It depicts the raw, peripheral Santiago, featuring headbangers who carry a big load of prejudices, and a simple, but real theme: the entrance to the working life. Villegas decided this was what he wanted to see, but was nowhere to be found in the Chilean film spectrum.
Music-wise, the film also involves the metal community actively, having a big line-up of Chilean metal bands performing live during the film, and binding the film together with an ad hoc soundtrack.
The team behind Vitae acknowledges the film has gotten a warm reception, as well as the respect of the metal community, an important cultural strength in Chile. Soon we'll know if the film meets expectations.
So, if you like metal and the whole headbanging scene, make sure to watch the trailer below; if not, then do it anyways, because it shows a Chile you probably haven't seen before.