"Place your bets."
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo broke onto the international scene with “28 Weeks Later,” the sequel to Danny Boyle’s film, and has been tied to a number of high-profile Hollywood projects since, including the just-announced “Pet Sematary” remake. But it’s his feature film debut, 2002’s “Intacto,” that one only need look at to understand why this writer/director is in such hot demand. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we begin our Foreign Language series with a show about this fascinating movie from Spain about people who gamble not to win money, but to win luck. We talk about the fantastic element of this story — the idea that luck is something that can be taken from other people through touch or photos — and how it works in the film. We discuss the problems with the script that we have and the struggle to fully understand all of it on a single viewing, even though it’s so easy to look past these issues while enjoying this film. We chat about the global feel of the film and how interesting it works as a movie made by a first-time feature filmmaker, creating a project that truly gives an immense sense of scale and a complex sense of the world. And Andy goes on and on about his fascination for the Malaysian Jungle Nymph, aka the Heteropteryx dilatata, the giant bug that lands on Tomas’ head in the film, and how he wants to raise his own. (Pete, on the other hand, is whole-istically against it.) It’s a great way to kick off our foreign language series. If you haven’t seen the movie, definitely check it out, then tune in!
Assorted Notes & Links
- Juan Carlos Fresnadillo on Twitter
- Juan Carlos Fresnadillo on Vimeo
- Lots of big bugs including Heteropteryx dilatata, the Malaysian Jungle Nymph
- Want a Heteropteryx dilatata as a pet?
- When Heteropteryx dilatata attack…
- Esposados part 1 (JCF’s Oscar-nominated short film from 1996)
- Esposados part 2
- Esposados part 3
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