Adriano Curci’s film “A Forest” accepted at IFFNY 2018

Filmmaker Adriano Curci was born in 1984 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied cinematography at SICA-APMA. He has participated in several films, short films and web series as Director of photography, sound designer and editor, among them “Carmesí”, awarded in the Festival SCDF III / Centro Cultural Rojas. “Un Pez”, his first short film, participated in several local festivals. “Un Bosque” is his second short film as director.

A Forest - Still - ph Julia Krause

A still from “A Forest”. Photo by Julia Krause

His latest short film “A Forest” has been accepted at the official competition of the International Filmmaker Festival of New York 2018 and it will screen at 6:00pm on Monday, May 28 2018 at Producers Club Theaters in New York (358 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036).

Meet the Artist: NY Elite Interview with Filmmaker Adriano Curci

NY Elite: Congratulations on being an official selection at the prestigious International Filmmaker Festival of New York. What are your thoughts about being accepted at IFFNY 2018 film festival and having your film screen in New York City?

Adriano Curci: It moves me very much. I wish I could be there, but luckily these festivals, which are clearly done with so much love, are so contagious that the energy reaches you wherever you are.

NY Elite: Out of the 500 submissions world-wide, your film was selected as the top 40 for IFFNY. What does this mean for you in terms of representing your country/city at this international film competition?

Adriano Curci: I live it with deep joy. One films to show. I think that’s when the experience is complete, beyond the festivals and prizes, that the short can be seen in all parts of the world is something that fills me with deep joy and pride, for me and above all, my actors and crew.

NY Elite: With what project are you partaking at IFFNY 2018? What is it about?

Adriano Curci: My short film it’s called “A Forest”.  It is the story of Martin, someone who has gone through a tragedy and whose life now happens in no place, neither in the past nor in the present.

NY Elite: Who else is involved in the making of this project? Tell us a little bit more about the story and who is in it.  

Adriano Curci: Filming in Argentina is complicated and expensive. The short also went through different stages of script, in fact I started writing it in 2013 and after doing the impossible to get some money, we shot at the end of 2015. Then it took me more than a year to edit it. The most difficult thing was to make the song and the story sorta jive together. All the most important people in my life contributed something to the short film. My girlfriend is a student of Art History, she always helps me in my projects, her criteria is very important for me. My mom lent me all her furniture for decoration. My friends were my crew, my actors, and my anchor, etc. I am very grateful to all of them.

NY Elite: What message do you want to convey with this project?

Adriano Curci: A couple of years ago I was riding a train while listening to The Cure song “A Forest” and the idea for the short came through. I knew that I wanted to be mysterious, with little or no dialogue, with the song being part of the film, like a constant mood. That intro! That bass line! It is a song with so much climate, and the lyrics are cinematic, furtive, talks about something that is there but at the same time is not, to run towards nothing, that’s what the short film is about. The tremendous version that is heard in the short film was recorded in one take.

Me (Digital) ph Natalia Zambaglioni

Director Adriano Curci, Photo by Natalia Zambaglioni

NY Elite: The Red Carpet Opening Ceremony and the Awards Gala will take place at the renowned Kaufman Astoria Studios of New York. Do you plan to attend the IFFNY Festival taking place on May 25-29, 2018? What do you want the audience at IFFNY to take away from this film?

Adriano Curci: It’s so exciting!!! Unfortunately I will not be able to go. Well, It’s a film about loneliness, and about how we deal with tragedy. But it’s an elusive film, which permanently refuses to give clear explanations, so I hope you can keep reflecting on what just happened after the screening.

NY Elite: What makes a film great for you? Are there certain qualities that make a film better for you?

Adriano Curci: I do not believe much in dramatic structures and all that. I think that good cinema works in a mysterious way. Well, for this film I saw a lot work from David Lynch, Nicolas Winding Refn, Lucrecia Martel, the music of Portishead, The Cure and Cliff Martinez.  And above all, the great Steven Soderbergh.

NY Elite: Top 3 favorite films/projects you have been involved in?

Adriano Curci: Well, this one obviously! Previously I made another short called “Un Pez”, it was seen in several local festivals and in Spain as well. I learned a lot. I also participated in an award-winning short film called “Carmesi” by Belen Peralta, about the need to legalize abortion.

NY Elite: What are your career highlights and achievements thus far?

Adriano Curci: With “A Forest”, my second short as director, we have been lucky to have it screened in film festivals in Buenos Aires, London, Canada (it won the best music award!), Bucharest, Berlin and now New York. It is an immense joy. It gives me the strength to continue growing in this profession.

NY Elite: Do you express yourself creatively in any other ways?

Adriano Curci: I really enjoy taking pictures in 35mm, there is something in the treatment of light, in the choice of the exposure, in the surprise when you go to look for the development that I love.

NY Elite: What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career in filmmaking?

Adriano Curci: To film, no matter what, no matter how hard it is. Don’t to be afraid. Study. Watch thousands of films. Ask for help. Know that it is a collective process and not a personal one.

NY Elite: What’s next for you?

Adriano Curci: Still riding the “A Forest” wave, but I am currently writing a web series, which hopefully we will start producing next year. There are 8 episodes with a central theme: Obsession.

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