Banalities won Best Director, Best Production Design & Best Performance (Male) Award in the 1st Season of MP Film Award Rafael de Andrade Director, Writer & Editor of the Film Banalities agree to interview with us.
Rafael de Andrade Born in Rio de Janeiro he has a PhD in Science (2008) and graduate in Audiovisual Production. Has participated in about 20 short films, first as an actor, writer and editor and, since 2007, has also been working as a director. His films have been selected for nearly 200 film festivals in 34 countries and receiving more than 40 awards.
About The Film: Synopsis: Banalities Film Synopsis: Betrayed and arrears, Jorge deducts all your anger at the bricklayer working at his home. However, at times, banal decisions have unexpected consequences.
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What was your drive behind making this film?
Rafael de Andrade: Generally speaking, my motivation for making movies is storytelling. I like circular plots that bring some reflections to the audience.
How you feel when you are awarded with the MP FILM AWARD Award?
Rafael de Andrade: Being awarded at the MP Film Award was a great happiness for me and my team, and it is an important recognition of the quality of our work.
Can you tell us about the greatest moment during shooting this film?
Rafael de Andrade: The moments of greatest tension were when we needed to break the vases because we didn't have spare vases to be used if the scene hadn't been good. But luckily everything worked out!
How rigorously did you stick to the script while shooting?
Rafael de Andrade: The script predicted scenes in which the bricklayer's character watched from the bus window some scenes that portrayed social inequality in Brazil. But it was not possible to produce these scenes. I think maybe they weren't really necessary.
Where there any onset problems During the filming of the film & how did you deal with it?
Rafael de Andrade: It's a film with a large number of locations and that demanded a lot from the production team. One of the hard things to solve was making the newspaper appear flying in the final scene. We made some attempts even using wires but we ended up using a hitter to simulate a gust of wind and make the newspaper enter the scene. The scene in which there is a simulation of the rape was also quite tense to film, as the space inside the location was very limited.
Do you have any advice for young filmmaker out there? Or like yourself?
Rafael de Andrade: Don't wait for the ideal conditions to film your projects, especially in terms of financial resources. Seek theory, but practice is essential.
Do you think it is essential to go to a film institute in order to become a successful filmmaker?
Rafael de Andrade: I think it helps a lot, but practice will never replace or prepare you for the difficulties you encounter in practice.
Which film has inspired you the most?
Rafael de Andrade: In the case of Banalidades it was not a film in particular, but the theory known as the Butterfly Effect.
Which particular film maker has influenced you the most?
Rafael de Andrade: I really like Almodóvar and the unique way he manages to make us laugh at times and then cry in his films.
Which book would you love to make a film out of one day?
Rafael de Andrade: The Law of Love, by the Mexican writer Laura Esquivel.
If you got the opportunity to go back in time & change something in any particular movie of yours, then which movie & what changes will you opt for?
Rafael de Andrade: I would work on some details in the sound treatment better.
If you were to shoot the film again, what would you do differently?
Rafael de Andrade: Look for a better alternative for the scene in which the mason leaves the bar and goes to his house
What is your greatest achievement till date?
Rafael de Andrade: Banalities has been selected for 166 festivals in over 20 countries and has won over 30 awards. These numbers go far beyond what I ever imagined and are proof that I chose the right team for the project. They are very talented and managed to bring my story to life.I dedicate these achievements to them. I pay a special tribute to the actor Andrade Junior who was the owner of the bar in the film. This was one of his last jobs before he passed away in 2019.
How do you pick yourself up after a failed film?
Rafael de Andrade: I talk to more experienced filmmakers to understand where I went wrong but I also like to listen to the general public after the film is shown to get their impressions.
Where our viewers can catch you (share your social media)?
Rafael de Andrade: I participate very little in social networks, but you can find a lot of information about Banalities on the film's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/911077518947817
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