Your new movie Lilith's
Awakening - in a few words, what is it about?
about a repressed woman, who embraces her dark side, and experiences
being a vampire movie - is that a genre especially dear to you, and some
of your genre favourites?
love vampire films with female protagonists. Since I was a little girl I
to be a vampire, fly away and have powers over nature. I grew up
this films. There’s a kind of forbidden sensuality in this films that
All of your film's character
names are lifted from Bram Stoker's novel Dracula
- care to elaborate on that?
used the line “what if...”, as in: What if instead of a
of the darkness, that seduces Lucy and take her away
her beloved Jonathan and society - it is a woman in his
a princess of Darkness? What if ... that princess lives
Lucy’s head? In her dreams? What if she was Lucy’s
her hidden part? Vampire tales are all about sexual
The Victorian times of Dracula
can be easily found
the American Midwest nowadays.
about the character of Abraham Van Helsing - what
of a person would dedicate his life to hunt vampires and
vampires represent? Vampires are certainly associated
lust - so much lust that only a cross can stop them. So
one who hunts the vampire in our story was transformed into
Abe, the controlling father who listens to the preacher’s
and tries to make his daughter behave as all the other
kind of man is Jonathan in Dracula? A pretty regular guy
wants a better life for him and his beloved Lucy. He
to Transylvania because he wants a raise and of
he doesn’t believe in anything supernatural like
Jonathan means “the son of…” - which could
the one who follows the tradition. That’s exactly the kind
guy our Jonathan is in Lilith's
we did a twist in the resolution of the story, of course.
time, Lucy (we used the name Lucy instead of Mina
it means “Light” - same thing was done in Nosferatu)
want more than have a regular family with kids in the
(Other) sources of
inspiration when dreaming up Lilith's
from Polanski and The Hunger.
You've chosen a deliberately slow
pace for Lilith's
Awakening very much opposed to most modern horror movies - so do
talk about that aspect of your movie for a bit!
slow pace gives space for sensuality. Also, as it is not an obvious film,
pace allows the viewer to think, come to his/hers own conclusions and
what’s the film really about.
you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?
film never ends until it ends.
what I know, Lilith's
Awakening was your thesis
project for the David Lynch MFA Program - so do talk about the
program for a bit, and to what extent was the good Mr. Lynch involved with
your movie personally?
developed the screenplay of Lilith's
Awakening at the MFA, but it’s actually a
my film company, in Brazil, Ganesha Filmes with
Outsiders Arts. While I
developing the screenplay we had 3 Skype sessions with David. We could
him anything, but there was a condition. We could never tell him what the
my particular case, the problem I was having with the screenplay was that
getting blocked with the story. I tried to write it 3 times, with
the same story, and again and again I would get blocked in the same
So I asked David, “what should I do?” He said something like this:
Monica. It’s just like that. You are going the right way. Imagination
Your brain is connecting with an idea in the universe, and it’s trying
idea into real life, into a story that you will tell. And the brain needs
to try it
different characters until it finds the right ones. But why are you
he said. And then he said, "You are lying. In some point of the story you
I went back home thinking where could I be lying in the story. And I found
was the problem. And when I fixed it, boom. The story evolved and I could
the screenplay. Receiving the guidance of Lynch was a remarkable
He helped me see that we have to stick true to our story, no mater
What can you tell us about your
key cast, and why exactly these people?
was watching a reading from a TV series directed by a friend and Sophia
the actors, reading, in a café. When I first laid my eyes on her, I had the
feeling that if God had had a daughter, she would have been Sophia.
has an aura of light and virtue coming from her, the same light that the
of Lucy should have.
with Lucy was amazing. She gave herself to me, and totally trusted my
all the way. She was brilliant.
played by Barbara Eugenia, is the perfect opposite of the character of Lucy. She
transmit sensual dangerous beautiful darkness with her eyes. And I think
one could do that better than Barbara. Actually, I first found Barbara -
I searched her opposite, Sophia.
Do talk about
the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
like small crews with people you can trust. When I get that kind of
a good DP as Gregor Kresal and a great actress like Sophia I am happy and
and everything flows as it should.
$64-question of course, when and where will your movie be released onto
the general public?
June 11 we will have our premiere at Dances with Films. We still have at
1 year of the film festival circuit to do, and I hope we can find a good
deal to release it as soon as possible.
Anything you can tell us about
audience and critical reception of Lilith's
are having our world premiere still. But we had a private screening in
to the ones who worked in the film, or rented their places to the shooting
it was quite remarkable. A lot of people would talk to me afterwards and
film wouldn’t leave their heads, that it was haunting them. I guess
I could hear, cause I love when films have that effect on me.
Any future projects you'd like to
working on the screenplay of a triller in a music conservatory.
What got you into making movies to begin with,
and what can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Lilith's
would not say I pursue filmmaking - I would say I am a filmmaker. It’s
I have no other way in which I can express myself better, without it I
have a couple of awarded short films, Halloween was the one who took me to
MFA, awarded in Spain and in the US, and awarded by Lynch himself. The
one is a Spanish short called Now you should be Punished, that
than 100 film festivals all over the world. It was screened at the National
of Modern Art of Spain, Museo Reina Sofia, and it was also awarded in
have also shot documentaries, directed actors in 5 different countries
Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and Spain, and have shot some publicity
How would you describe yourself as a
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
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guess my language is transcendental and sensual. And I love to make my
Filmmakers who inspire you?
Bergman and Polanski.
Mullholand Drive, Nadja.
... and of course, films you really
don’t know what to say.
Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever
Our Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/lilithsawakening/
Thanks for the interview!