BEIJING – Chilean filmmaker Silvio Caiozzi thinks co-productions with China could be a good solution to the distribution problems the sector faces.
Caiozzi was in Beijing for the screening of his latest movie “Y de Pronto el Amanecer” (And suddenly the dawn).
In an interview with EFE, the director lamented the increasingly fewer films being distributed on global screens because of what he labeled a monopolistic centralization of cinema and dumbing down of content.
Can platforms like Netflix be the solution to these problems?
Netflix opened a spectacular window and gave the feeling that it would be a great solution but, unfortunately, it has dwindled. Although they are at war, they may be associating with Hollywood. It is very curious what is happening, it is as if there is a monopolistic centralization of the global viewing of film. Technologically, it should be the other way around, but it is not so today. High-quality films, lauded in many places, are not shown, nor are they talked about.
At the last Cannes Festival, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu said the same thing, that they are killing the cinema. You cannot continue a system in which a small group on the planet decides which movies people watch and which they do not.
Who makes up that group?
The issue of planetary monopoly is a very serious issue that is destroying free competition. And cinema is no stranger to that.
I do not know what is behind this, there may be a kind of policy to make people not think, not show any cinema that makes you reflect, analyze things. Let us give only one type of cinema at the planetary level and each time we will have a more obedient planet, of people who cannot discuss anything, who are only concerned with parallel issues, but not with important ones.
People have stopped arguing about their deep life problems and discussions have morphed into pitching men against women, women against men. They are discussions between people, not between people and authorities, that has disappeared.
This could be due to a political bias to dumb down society and transform people into beings who are quite obedient, concerned about consuming and not thinking.
Chile and other Latin American countries are trying to reach co-production agreements with China; can China represent an alternative to that trend?
Co-production with China is a possibility that is beginning to open, and it would be a tremendous solution for Latin American cinema and for independent world cinema. Opening screens in the other half of the planet ... it would be wonderful if the other half the world were to open its doors to Western cinema.
Your most recent movie was screened at the Beijing International Film Festival. How did the Chinese audience welcome it?
I have been given a very pleasant surprise of seeing that Chinese audiences understand my films more deeply than in other countries, even Chilean audiences. I have never received such deep questions as here in China. It is very interesting to discover an ancient culture. They are able to deeply analyze what they see and pick up on subtle things that go unnoticed by most people. For them, it is more important what is deep in the film than the technical aspect.