Brief interview with the director of Piggy Carlota Pereda (Spain, 2018) to SPIFF World Cup of Genre Cinema.

Piggy won awards for the Best DOP, Best actress, Best sound design and Best art direction in the competition of Thrillers SPIFF World Cup of Genre Cinema 2020.

SPIFF: What is your most vivid movie memory? Why and when have you decided to become filmmaker?

CP: There are some many of them. I’ve always wanted to be a filmmaker. At first I wanted to be an actress as I didn’t know directors or screenwriters existed. As soon as I found out what they did, everything changed. That was with “E.T”. and “42nd street”. My dad would take me to the Cinemateque every Sunday. I was tiny and I wanted to be Spielberg and that lonely guy listening to the critics at the end of the 1933 musical.

SPIFF: At SPIFF, movies are divided by genre. What is your favorite and why?

CP: I’ll say horror and comedy. They can tackle every theme. They are so free.

SPIFF: How did you come up with the idea for your film “Moment”?

CP: I’d recently become a mother, with all the fear and anxieties that brings you. That summer, I saw this lonely teenage girl at the pool — the same pool the story is filmed at — and it got me thinking: why does she come here all alone? Why does she come when there’s no one else around? I wrote the short that same evening.

SPIFF: Can you please list advantages and disadvantages of working on short films?

CP: People don’t except to make money on short films so you are absolutely free. The disadvantages is that you won’t make money. But, hey, you have creative freedom!

SPIFF: Please, list your favourite directors and films. Why do you prefer them?

CP: They change a lot. I hate lists. But I’ll say “Some like it hot” by Billy Wilder, Michael Haneke for his point of view, Bong Joon-Ho for his way of mixing genres, always with sociopolitical reality in mind, “Memories of Murder” was a game changer for me. David Lynch for being Lynch, “Mullholand drive” specially. Almodovar for showing us the way to freedom.

SPIFF: What would you like to tell the audience of your film in Russia at SPIFF?

CP: I hope you are perturbed by it. Thank you for showing up.