Brief interview with the director of Scenes of a love life(Portugal, 2019, East European Premier) Miguel Afonso Carrancato SPIFF World Cup of Genre Cinema.

Scenes of a love life won the awards for the Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best editing in the competition of Romantic films SPIFF World Cup of Genre Cinema 2020.
SPIFF: What is your most vivid movie memory? Why and when have you decided to become filmmaker?
MAC: My most vivid movie memories are in my imagination. They are the images of scenes and films I envisioned and still did not direct. They come to me daily, demanding to become reality. Since I was young, I was always interested in writing and stories. I’ve decided to become a filmmaker later in life, when I realized that some of the stories and images that come to me are not made to be read in a book, that they could only become total, finished products, as movies.
SPIFF: At SPIFF, movies are divided by genre. What is your favorite and why?
MAC: I do not have a favourite genre. I’m always curious about stories of people and in the environments that these stories generate. My favorite type of film is a film that moves my mind and heart, whichever the genre.
SPIFF: How did you come up with the idea for your film “Scenes of a love life”?
MAC: I wanted to put to test my skills as director, so I tried something that would only focus on the matters of cinema – directing actors, creating a fitting environment for the feel of each scene and creating a story out of editing. I wrote the scenes that are in the film, but, during the shooting, there was never a clear idea of what would be the final order, how would these separate independent scenes become a finished film. Like this, we could not guide ourselves through narrative, we had to make it work only out of image and sound and cutting. One of the great beauties of human life is the thrill of young love. The mix of intensity and naivete are irrepeatable, and I wanted to capture that on camera in a way that felt honest: having no final morals or answer — love is what it is. Also, there was the house. This little house is where I live, in Lisbon. It is very small but the light that comes through the window creates beautiful, suggestive moods, and I ended up obsessed with translating those visuals into interactions of people, into film scenes.
SPIFF: Can you please list advantages and disadvantages of working on short films?
MAC: The short form seems to me to be an art of its own. The time limitation calls for new and different narrative solutions, and opens the possibility to build movies in surprising ways. The tendency to follow the classic dramatic rules dissipates, and the field is open for the unexpected to reveal itself.
SPIFF: Please, list your favourite directors and films. Why do you prefer them?
MAC: Fellini “8 ½” — One of the greatest directors of Cinema history at the top of his shape. 8 ½ is a film that runs away from any other art form, and shows us what cinema, in its pure form, can become. Kusturica “Underground” — A film that has, in itself, the whole of life. From laughter to tears, from love to separation, from heroism to cowardice. It is a massive work, and its best kept jewel is that, behind all the huge scope of production and technical effort, one simple thing remains – a touching story about people.
SPIFF: What would you like to tell the audience of your film in Russia at SPIFF?
MAC: The movie you are about to see was shot by the 4 people. The two actors you see on screen, and a team of two: the DOP and me. It makes me very glad that our patient and caring work has found its way to Saint Petersburg. This is a love story without a story. Instead of following a narrative, I wanted it to work with the dynamics of a dream, or of a music without lyrics. I hope you enjoy it.

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