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Ariel Rotter


Ariel Rotter 




Ariel Rotter wurde 1973 in Buenos Aires geboren. 1992 begann er sein Studium an der noch jungen „Universidad del Cine“ in Buenos Aires. Er studierte Schauspiel, Kunst und Fotografie. Außerdem nahm er an Drehbuch-Workshops teil mit Syd Field (1996) und Marx Axelrod (1998).

Sein filmisches Schaffen umfasst neben Sólo por hoy 4 Kurzfilme und 120 Werbespots sowie 60 Videoclips, bei denen er in den verschiedensten Funktionen mitgearbeitet hat.

B.Aires-Sólo por hoy ist sein erster Spielfilm.



    (Buch und Regie)
    Kurzfilm, 1992
    (Buch und Regie)
    Kurzfilm, 1992/93
    (Buch und Regie)
    Kurzfilm, 1993, 16mm
    (3. Preis bei „Les arts a la Retrouvé du Cirque“ in Paris)
    (Buch und Regie)
    Kurzfilm, 1995, 16mm
    (Film Fest München 1997)
    (Buch und Regie)
    100 min., 2000, 35mm


Interview mit Ariel Rotter (2003):

„Sólo por hoy“ is a film about people that try to be…, are just about…, are talented for…, but spend their time on something else, maybe because they need to make a living or because they always find an excuse to postponing their whishes.

The way you show the possible future for young people in "Sólo por hoy" is in my opinion a fairly pessimistic one. Do you agree?

I think that after watching the film the feeling is bittersweet. It's clearly not happy, but neither pessimistic .
For me the film is build on two topics. The first is the clearest one, the one on the surface: what we do about our desires. At that point the film is a reaction of how I felt about my self at that time. The film is also an alert to myself, in the way that if you do not fight strongly for what you want, even if you think you are -------(please fill the empty space), you finally become what you do everyday.
And life is just a short period of time we had received, that lasts as long as the body we inhabit works. So, our life will be what we put in this time.
The second topic, the invisible one, and the main reason of the film: It's Love. Love as the only way to give some sense to our lifes.
Denying the first topic, no matter what you do with your time, the relief to our existence is to be sensible for the feeling of love.
Moreover, the whole film is a statement of love for the woman I love.

Do you believe that dreams can't come true nowadays or is that only true for Argentina?

Certainly the film is not just about argentina’s young people. The frustration is universal. Having the experience of showing the film at about 50 film festivals all over the world, the identification of the audience with the characters was clear, no matter where it was shown.
At a moment in our life we feel that a lot of varieties are possible. That we can do whatever we want for ourselves. Then you find that, with a lot of luck, you can hardly do just one of them. Being realistic is a way of being pessimistic.

Morón has just finished his film-studies and likes to be amovie-director but no one seems to want him. Do you know this situation?

The character MORON is built on autobiographical feelings.

How important was the Universidad del Cine for this film?

It's not about how important was the FUC. The FUC is the film. And the film exists because of the existence of the FUC.
The whole crew was made of students of the University, every process was done between the FUC walls, and the whole production was made by the University.
I couldn’t find another argentinian film, besides the FUC ones, made by a single producer. My gratefulness to the FUC will last until the last day of my life.

Argentina had several political and economical problems recently. Is your film in a way also a political one?

I don’t think so. At least, it was not my intention. Even when the crisis at this time is huge, our capacity of surprise is, unfortunately, well trained. The film is about people, young people, and their whishes and desires. That’s it.

"Sólo por hoy" had been at many festivals all over the world. How do you see the role or the chances of young argentinian cinema in the international market?

I think it’s an excellent moment for Argentinian Cinema. Even in a deep economical crisis, we are making a lot of films, some of them with almost no budget. Seems like Cinema is a need for the young filmmakers. And no film looks like the other. There is a variety of themes and very interesting aesthetics. And most of the films are very personal ones. I can tell by heart 10 directors who, in my opinion, will be part of the next years most important festivals: Lucrecia Martel, Albertina Carri, Lisandro Alonso, Juan Villegas, Martin Rejtman, Santiago Loza, Celina Murga, Ana Katz, Ulises Rossel, Diego Lerman, and the list goes on ..

Which moviemakers may have influenced you?

Bergman, Rohmer, Truffaut, Cassavettes, Leonardo Favio.

How did you cast the actors?

It was more looking for people than for actors. I tried to find in their personality elements of the character’s spirit I had written down. It was a long, painful casting. The production waited patiently until it was done. I think my inexperience made me take such a long time for it.

Ailí Chen is not only actress in "Sólo por hoy" but, with Lucía Leschinsky, also responsible for the art. Does that include both, the costumes and the set-design?

Yes. And more than that. I use to say, that if one day I was unable to go to the set, Ailí Chen could easily replace me (and maybe the film would be a better film).
Lucia was an ideal partner for that job. They made a successful team.

She also worked for "Hoy y mañana" as art director. Is she in your opinion a better actress or a better art-director ?

Ailí is an ARTIST, with capital letters. She is, above all, a painter. And I’m a deep admirer of her work. That is her main occupation.
"Sólo por hoy" was her first long feature film as art director, and as actress as well. In my opinion, she is so talented and sensible that she can easily do whatever she wants to. I love the way she breathes the film. And having the chance to see her outside the set, I can tell that she is as natural as the people can see her on screen.

Are there any new projects you are working on?

I’m working on a new film to be shoot in the middle of 2004, „El Otro“ (The Other), it’s an essay on the corruption of the flesh and the masculine desire. The main character will be played by Julio Chavez („Un Oso Rojo“ / „Extraño“).


Text: flax film GmbH & Co.KG
Bild: http://estatico.buenosaires.gov.ar


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