Film Comment's Gavin Smith sat down with director Jazmin López after the screening of "Leones" to chat about the writing process, the difficulties in shooting in the wilderness, and the decision to only give her actors vague plot details.
15:29 - What type of Camera did you use?
18:28 - How did you prepare to shoot the film given that the premise was so ambitious?
20:24 - When did the Sonic Youth song become incorporated into the film?
21:21 - How did you cast the actors?
23:22 - Can you talk about the relationship between the audience and the characters in the film? To what extent did you envision the camera as the 6th hiker?
24:40 - Can you talk about the last shot?
About the film:
Is this a story about five friends wandering through a forest, or is it about a forest that receives five visitors? In this metaphysical trance film, the verdant environment is as much a character as the youngsters, enfolding them as they move through it, their playful banter, word games, and ruminations filling the air. In a succession of long takes, a gliding camera follows this enigmatic hike to nowhere. Nothing is what it seems, but a malfunctioning tape recording may contain an explanation.
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