Matar el Dragon - I am not making excuses but I was not in the best of conditions to make Jimena Monteoliva's (Clementina) new film my first screening of the market on opening night. I had just arrived in Buenos Aires that morning, twenty-two hours or so after leaving my home in Toronto, and hotel check in was not until six hours later that day. I had to acclimatize to the sudden 25 degree jump in temperature. I'd already gotten lost near my hotel, then near the market venue later, because even though the water does not go down the drain in the opposite direction in the southern hemisphere like legend says Google Maps kept sending me in the opposite direction. And I know I got hosed at the intercambia but at that point I didn't care. The first half of the day? Ungood.
We have already written about Jimena's upcoming film but let us recap. Elena was kidnapped when she was a child and some twenty-five years later she is reunited with her brother and his family. Unfortunately the evil that captured her in the first place wants her back and has taken great interest in her brother's family as well.
Jimena's personal motivation for her story telling and filmmaking is consistent with what compelled her when making Clementina. Yet, after watching Mater al Dragon I interpreted the metaphor differently. I am interested to know more about the nightmare that created this story in the first place, see where my interpretation of the metaphor aligns. I am concerned for Jimena that her intended subtext will not get through to her audience.
The distinction between the two worlds is clear, through light and color, through set and production design, and through character portrayal.
The film still has to go through post production and effects work that will make the dark world even darker. Thankfully, the project did win a visual effects package at the end of the market.