We talked with Marcos López, one of the directors of “The last page”, short who rose to fame after winning the award for best short film of suspense in the Awards Latinos of Marbella. At this time, among other things, is directing “in the Meantime, a feature-length documentary about the work done in GROW (Center for the Integration of the Disabled), of our city.
How do you acercaste to GROW? That is born before the Latin Awards…
I always had a good relationship with Sergio Lopez, the director, because I had been working with the institution from the year 2015 and my first contact had to do with a school project Anglo American to conduct field work in my specialty was Administration. I had to do internships, at that time it was decided to study film, so I proposed to make a short documentary, about 10 minutes, interviews with escorts and therapeutic to concurrent. Hence, I never lost contact and they called me every time they needed a cover audiovisual. In November last year, Sergio suggested me to perform a long for the birthday of GROW.
Skipped to local fame with the award, however all of this that you are telling, is prior. In short, what made you Marbella?
With respect to work, I come from a long time ago with two projects. One is with GROW and the other, with the Pink Foundation of Cordoba, that takes care of everything related to the prevention of HIV. To that, I had been working from before and, in both cases, he had the confidence of the directors of the sectors. In that sense, not much has changed. With regard to the people and the public, we did notice some changes; for example, it became much easier to get actors. Before it was so difficult that we had to leave us to interpret roles in “The last page”, because we could not get, for lack of confidence. Now a lot of people talk to us, and just publish something, the people ask for a paper or to participate in the jobs that I go and that helps a lot.
And on a personal note, in your day-to-day in the city, had something changed?
The award gave me a lot of with regard to a certain treatment of the people, comparing with how I was treated before. The accolade of Marbella see it as an accomplishment, obviously, but it went away, I’m going ahead and I have to focus on other things. When I was 11 years old, I started with the passion for the audiovisual, making videos for the internet: comedies, blogs, what is in fashion now. At that time I received a lot of bullying in the school. A lot of discrimination because that was not what usually everyone else did; I laughed and had a very bad time.
Did not thought about leaving it?
Many times I hesitated, but felt and knew that if I had left, I would never. Endured many acts of bullying very strong and for a long time, by my passion, from 11 to 18 years. I was able to rearmarme when I started school because I changed all my sociability in Cordoba, which is another thing. In that sense, the award gave me a little more respect and the people that yesterday I laughed today looking for me to say hello.
Can you be cruel to Alta Gracia?
Yes. Not all is clear. But with regard to the differences can be very cruel. When one, for one reason or another is different, in High Grace suffers a lot. I don’t have the same tastes. At that time, and even now, I can’t find much sense in going out every weekend does not appeal to me. But that’s what I see with everything and with everyone, for example, sexuality is a very big problem, as well as the physical image. I do not see myself a very different person, just always liked making videos and now making movies. Certain matters from the chimento or the talk of the people, does not interest me; for there, if it was for a script, yes, of course.
Who is Marcos Lopez?
A simple kid who stays all day in his room. Most of the time, when not in course, I am in my piece because that is the place that the more inspiration it gives me. I wonder if the trip to Spain inspired me and the truth is that I am inspired by the inside of the four walls of my room and from there come the characters, my stories and where I feel most comfortable with.
You go to Córdoba, it marked a change, but you knew from before focus what were your interests and defended, even to be locked up in your room. Have you ever tried to amoldarte?
I tried to defend myself and to take other behaviors to see if I re-afrming, but without getting away from what I liked. In reality, just what some wanted was to stop what I liked. There was always that thought, that doubt about what to do with my tastes, but today I am grateful to have had the clarity, from a guy, knowing what he wanted. If I left that I was fascinated by a simple fact of bullying, I was going to regret my whole life. I always imagine how I will be 80 years old and I know that wasn’t going to forgive ever. My perseverance, or the love of what felt like really mine, it was more of what could exist out there.
This is all part of you and of your artistic journey…
That suffering taught me to reflect. The boy was very outgoing, now I speak what is right and necessary. Be uncomfortable for some people, taught me to be silent and to observe; that I try to make art. In addition, and I want to remarcarlo, there were people who accompanied me, a few friends and, of course, my family. If there is something that I am grateful to my family is that at 11 years old I had my camera, and they had no prejudices with me.
Can you say that in High Grace there is a conformism, to a certain extent, does not help the artistic development?
It hurts Me to say it, but in the artistic field and in many others, yes. But it is an issue in general of the argentine society, in which sport is the center of the idiosyncrasy of the people. The artists we suffer here in Alta Gracia, but I don’t want to let go of all those people who are not artist and also suffers from a mediocrity or the conservatism of the society. In Alta Gracia, even today, is not allowed to be gay, nor do many other things that it is not seeking to be an athlete, a lawyer or a doctor. The footballer and the lawyer here are the examples: the others are relegated to be “the other”.
And what about the role of the State in the issue of the promotion of art, especially the cinema?
There are many businesses, but the art is what can save a city or a community to change the head. Because of the lack of culture is what condemns us to be dominated by all the life. The State sees culture as an add-on, something that has to be, but that does not have that role that should be.
In the case of your trip to Marbella helped you…
Yes and I am very grateful to the Municipality for that. In fact, I do not mean this management in particular when I say that the culture is not a priority: it is more general. But what I see is that, while to other disciplines or to the museums still has importance, the cinema and the audiovisual in Alta Gracia are relegated. For example, we were never offered to show the short that gave us a generous help, in a public space for the people also can take advantage of.
Is there a move audiovisual in Alta Gracia?
Yes, and in addition a lot of people are studying that and it’s going to be more. The two productions that I’m putting together, for example, are made entirely in Alta Gracia and with people from here. Need spaces and instances to be able to offer more film: not only for what we do, but for the general public.
“In the meantime”, they love.
The Center for the Integration of the Disabled (ASSIGN) to serve 30 years in 2018 and already preparing for the festivities. Among other things, working with the documentary “Meanwhile,” directed and carried out precisely by Marcos López.
Through various interviews, this full-length is proposed with three stories “ narrate the different forms of love that exist between the different forms of disability, the love of family and the contention that there was enjoyed by all, and we believe that people with disabilities need more or less, when, in short, it is the same”, explains Marcos López.
The story of stella and Olga, is a mother of 80 years that all the days traveling from San Jose de la Quintana to take and bring his daughter Olga. After you are Estela and Ruben, who met at the GROW and became engaged in November of 2016. And, finally, “The Chinajas Timpanists”, the group of music cumbia of the institution, which was born in the Workshop of Expression the hand of Carla Navarro and Gabriela Coca.
“Meanwhile, is a comparison between the problems about the everyday problems and frivolous that concern us, and the push to the life of the concurrent GROW that have an amazing fortitude”, close to the young director.
Three decades of dedication and life experiences that deserve to be captured and transmitted.
(Note: Margherita Guastamacchia. Photos, Pablo Ariel)