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Verité is stranger than fiction

Escapist blockbusters or quirky documentaries? When it comes to cinematic viewing this summer, choose reality over fantasy.

By Robert Bound

Soon it’s June and the season of the summer blockbuster will be upon us: Kaboom! Zoom! Swoon! Multiplexes will be thronged with punters intent on escaping the clement weather in front of Transformers 3, Captain America and another addition to the seemingly infinite X-Men franchise. Read the comic, buy the toy, eat the burger, see the film.

The blockbuster season is strange. It is…

Q & A- Guillem Morales

Film director - Spain

Julia’s Eyes (see left) is Guillem Morales’s second full-length feature after his 2004’s psycho thriller The Uninvited Guest (El Habitante Incierto). Now the Spanish filmmaker talks to Monocle about his inspirations and working with the Del Toro team.

The film is produced by Guillermo del Toro. What was it like working with him?
He was there for everything, especially when I had a problem. Guillermo is not only a producer, he’s also a director so he understands perfectly what a director needs. We didn’t agree on some things but he was very respectful.

You co-authored the script with Oriol Paulo. How did it work?
It all started with an image of a blind woman. I only knew that she had been operated on and had to keep the bandage on for two weeks. We wrote the script and developed all characters based on this.

What is the line between making the film entertaining and making it horrific?
I suppose you only find the line during the filming process. It’s pretty much like finding the tone and the intensity of the film. At one point you know perfectly what’s too much or what’s not strong enough. The camerawork is very important as I wanted to make the audience feel Julia’s blindness.


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