DIEGO

Directed by
Caraz

In the Yucatan Peninsula, where stones hold spirits, a young boy recalls his mother's powerful last words.

Montreal Director Caraz found her lead Diego whilst shooting another project in Mexico. Encapsulated by his energy she began to turn the camera towards him and from there the film grew.

In the Yucatan Peninsula, where stones hold spirits, a young boy, recalls his mother's powerful last words which carry him on a dusty dreamlike walk. In the form of a political poem, the film explores the themes of grief, the durability of the soul and the struggle that some people must wage in order to acquire their rights and freedom.

It is a euphemism to say that the film was conceived in an unconventional way. It began as part of a commercial project when director Caraz, travelled to Mexico to shoot scenes with a local community. It is there, in the Yucatan peninsula, that the film crew met Diego, a young boy on set. Between shots and as soon as the team had a break, Caraz and director of photography Derek Branscombe, couldn’t help but point the camera towards the child.

Caraz “I was compelled by his candid yet melancholic look and had this feeling something great awaits beneath those eyes”.

The project only truly emerged back in Montreal when Caraz presented the footage to screenwriter Romain Dumont who she had just met. Carried by Claudia Ferri's voice and Theo Porcet's original composition, the images of Mexico - shot live and without script - find purpose in the editing room to finally become Diego, the film. And for the short story, the poem in the film was written by Romain two years earlier on the theme of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It was laid onto the montage without changing a single word.




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