the mexican director Jose Eduardo Cortes Moreno He made his film “Tell me about you” with two of his experiences as a teenager.
Writing the script was a very personal challenge and even though it was the first film, it touches on issues such as validation of feelings and self-knowledge.
This premiere represents a lot for the new director, because from a workshop made the decision to capture part of his life and place it on the big screen.
“(The film) was born from a script workshop that I took in 2014, the teacher told us that we had to write about things that had happened to us.”
“I began to investigate my life and said: these two things have happened that define who I am, and as a big fan of ‘coming of age’ I thought they were stories worth capturing,” he confessed.
The development of the story is very simple: Chava (Salvador) is 17 years old who inadvertently gets involved in a bet with his friends to get a girlfriend.
Although fate makes him meet Carlos, his schoolmate who will show him the paths that life can take, if he is honest with himself.
“Chava faces messages from a secret admirer who she calls herself witch and in his attempt to reveal who is behind Brujita, he reveals his family’s secrets and is going to discover himself”, said the director.
Germán Bracco, gave life to Chava and met Cortés three years before the story could be made, but since then he has not stopped analyzing each raison d’être of the protagonist.
“I was captivated by the character and the development of the story, we agreed that we would work on the character once a week, it was not yet known when production was going to start, nor was there financing, so we decided to know absolutely his entire life story, and even how their context affects their way of thinking”, 24-year-old Bracco confessed.
The actor found his character “like a human being, beyond a role”, which is why he managed to give Chava an honest and almost autonomous interpretation of the same character.
Although one of the problems that happened with the recordings, and many of the works in Mexico, was that the pandemic arrived and the trust disappeared.
“Tell me about yourself” is the first film, with a commercial release, and that was financed by the new program for the Promotion of Mexican Cinema, replacing Fidecine.
Although the film touches on themes of the LGBT+ community its director does not want to be cataloged in that way only, since the exploration of sexuality is an example of everyday life.
“It is a film of a teenager in his awakening towards life and in this awakening he discovers that he has a certain interest in boys. But we normalize it, these stories are about love, we are all human beings and we all feel and fall in love, we must remove the stigmas, hyperdramatization and hypersexualization of the (LGBT) community”, he commented.
This advance is important for the cinema because “there is a good representation and it is time for children and adolescents to be able to identify with characters that are endearing, that Don’t be a cliche and that encompasses everything a person is”, said Martín Saracho.
The film also features: Arcelia Ramírez, Renata Vaca, Julio Bracho, Isidora Vives, Isabella Argudin, Ángel Alvarado, among others.
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“Tell me about you”, the Mexican film that shows the complications of being a teenager