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.