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Carlos Lechuga

Carlos Lechuga

Director of Melaza, Cuba

Q: What film inspired you to start a career as a filmmaker?

A: Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio de Sica, 1948), Au revoir Les Enfants (Louis Malle, 1987), Rosetta (Dardenne Brothers, 1999), and Chōdenji Machine Voltes V (Tadao Nagahama, 1977-1978).


Q: Did you make Melaza with a specific audience in mind?

A: Yes, for the Cubans, but also for the people who know something about Cuba, and for the people who don’t know anything about Cuba.


Q: What memorable events happened during the production of Melaza?

A: We shot in real towns and ghost towns. The shooting of the film was a very good distraction for the people who live immersed in the same things every day. They helped a lot, and even made the choreography of Celebration…but at the end, we couldn’t put it in the film.


Q: What did you learn from working on Melaza?

A: I learned to be sincere, to focus on the important things, to control the space and the time. I saw that this film was very necessary for some Cubans who wanted to see our reality with new eyes.


Q: If you could work with any actor, living or dead, who would it be?

A: Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Audrey Hepburn, Sofia Loren, Anita Ekberg, Luis Alberto Garcia, and Juliette Binoche.


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