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All Quotes by author - Sebastian Lelio
" Casting is an art, and if you're interested in people, like I am, casting is essential. "
" Chilean society is conservative, but U.S. society is puritanical. "
" Cinema is empathy machinery, and we multiply our life experience through cinema. When it is good cinema, it almost counts as a personal experience. "
" Creative processes are always very opaque. Afterwards, you tend to pretend that everything was planned and it was a strategy, but it was not like that at all. "
" Death is astute as a master. It's a process that teaches people aspects of themselves. "
" Either we learn to live together and embrace the complexity of life, or we will end up with fascism again and destroy ourselves. "
" English is not my language. "
" Every human society has its lights and its shadows. That's the reality of existence. "
" Fashion is totally political, the icon of a political system. "
" Film is a game of projections upon projections, and the projected image on the screen is a game of light and shadows. There is nothing there; it is the brain that is decoding those things. The film doesn't have any decipherable kind of meaning if it's not seen. "
" 'Gloria' is a film about a fifty eight-year-old woman who is quite alone in life; however, she is quite optimistic. Nobody has much time for her, and so she regularly goes to these single adults' parties where she is looking for someone. By the end of the film, she doesn't necessarily find love, but she does find something else. "
" How can you repress Rachel McAdams? She's so full of life. "
" I didn't know how I was going to deal with 'Disobedience' because it takes place in such a specific and often secretive world. "
" I don't believe in closed scripts; I think that they should be open. "
" I don't come from a rich family, but my parents are professionals. "
" I grew up in a dictatorship in a very Catholic country. "
" I grew up surrounded by strong women, and that was a very strong influence. "
" I had the idea that I'm going to make a trans-genre film about a transgender woman. "
" I have never been religious, but I've seen the strength of it. "
" I knew 'Transparent' and saw a few episodes of 'Orange is the New Black,' so I knew about the trans actor in that cast. Of course, I saw 'Boys Don't Cry' back in the day. But the path that led me to this subject was different... it's just my curiosity as a human being more than my awareness of any political struggles. "
" I learned at an early age to be socially effective while practicing disappearing. "
" I'm always trying to get my characters to the point of complete rebelliousness. I like that attitude that characters feel when they own their lives. There's something beautiful in the moments when characters disobey. "
" I'm interested in characters. I love them, and I love to write them. "
" I'm interested in the intersection of character and actor. "
" I'm not saying transgender characters should be only interpreted by transgender actors - because that would be as rigid as saying transgender actors cannot play cisgender roles, and that's not the idea. "
" I'm very open to following the stories that move me and reach that flexibility where you can be more flexible. I'm expanding my horizons. "
" In Latin America, cinema has always been a bourgeois activity, I guess, as it is everywhere. It's just a stupidly expensive art form, and there is nothing you can do about it. "
" In order to make a film, you have to operate on many different levels, making all these different forms of expression converse, and so I just followed that intuition. "
" In the case of 'Disobedience,' the very secretive way of life and religion and tradition that the North London Orthodox Jewish community has was a huge invitation to explore an unknown world. And also a possible trap, and I tried to overcome that by portraying it, hopefully, with great nuance and detail and texture. "
" In the case of 'Fantastic Woman,' I wanted to make it a more complex animal than just a 'cause' film. Even though I was sympathizing with the character's struggle, I didn't want to be trapped at that level - it's important, but it can be quite basic. "
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