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Aruba International Film Festival Year 5 Kicks Off October 7-11 2015.

The Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) quickly became the international film community’s “must-attend” summer event after its opening in July 2010. After 4 intensely exciting years, the festival took a break in 2014 for a complete makeover and now is back with full force to celebrate year 5 from October 7th-11th, 2015. 

The festival offers a pleasurable and inviting atmosphere for filmmakers, press and film lovers. It serves to not only develop an understanding and appreciation of the art of cinema and filmmaking, but also to inspire, educate and promote emerging local and regional filmmaking talent. This in turn has helped position Aruba as a center of art, culture and creativity, and as a viable destination for international film and commercial productions.

The AIFF was founded in 2010 by film producers Jonathan Vieira and Giuseppe Cioccarelli, with artistic direction by 30-year industry veteran Claudio Masenza. Previous editions of the festival have showcased a diverse array of critically acclaimed fiction films and documentaries from every corner of the globe, and have attracted such notable industry names as:

Hollywood leading man Richard Gere (Pretty Woman, An Officer and a Gentleman)
Multi Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker (Raging Bull, The Aviator)
Mexican writer/director Guillermo Arriaga (The Burning Plain, Babel)...

 

 

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Guillermo Arriaga we salute you!

One on one interview with The Burning Plain director Guillermo Arriaga. 

When beginning our one-on-one interview, I asked Guillermo if he could enlighten me on the situation between him and director Inarritu. When I mentioned the latter's name, Arriaga replied: 'Who?'. That situation made clear, I avoided the sensitive subject and hit the record button and we began our in depth interview about his writing and filmmaking career.

When asked about his unconventional storytelling, he explained to me that he writes in a cyclical nature, as opposed to linear. He also writes based on different elements. In The Burning Plain, he explained that he wanted to tell a story based on the 4 elements: water, fire, earth and air; all of which can be detected in the film using rich contrasts such as the dry fiery desert to the wet moist northern California landscape. As he explained these ideas to me his eyes lit up and it was clear that more than method, Arriaga writes with instinct and soul and an expert knowingness that can hardly be explained in words. 

Arriaga once said, 'I consider myself a hunter more than a writer.' When I asked him about this, he shook his head, confirming this belief. Arriaga replied: 'I am a hunter. A hunter of ideas, of inspiration. Life is a hunt. When I grew up in the hard streets of Mexico, I understood that life is a hunt and I try to show this in all my films.' This could explain the intense nature of his stories, the heavy drama and the hope that always seems to prevail at the end despite the hard journey of the characters throughout.

From a writer to a writer, I had to ask him what it feels like to have influenced cinematic writing in such a significant way. He humbly replied that he doesnt try to change anything. He just writes what he needs to write and that is what comes out. And then he laughed when I called him the 'Marquez of Latin American cinema, or possibly for cinema as a whole.' He thought my comment ridiculous and chuckled. But aside from his humility, is it not true? Cinema is a language of time and space and Arriaga plays with this language, changing the orthodox linear storytelling mode of the Western world and reminding us of a much older primal language of the cycles not only of the human race but of nature and the elements. There can be no doubt of Arriaga's magnanimous contribution to cinematic storytelling... So, please, give us more Mr. Arriaga. We salute you!!

A big bravo for his first directorial debut in The Burning Plain! BRAVO!!

 

Interview by Vanessa McMahon

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