A dialogo con regista e attore – In the Woods

I took part because … mainly because my friend Saku asked me he’s a director I respect and I think that, I mean, I haven’t worked as an actor for a long time because it takes up too much of my time. But I respect Saku and then I was immediately drawn to the project itself. And so…there you have it. And I really enjoyed it, actually, going back to…it had been… how many years had it been? (Saku answers, ‘about four’) Four years since I’d been in front of the camera. I worked really hard and it was a welcome return, you see, when there are initiatives of this kind, if you have the chance it’s important to get on board. first of all, it’s mainly an internet product, so it mustn’t be too long it shouldn’t be dull because we know that after 2-3 minutes the average internet user tends to skip it or look at something else, they have a very short attention span. And then there are a lot of caveats surrounding the issue we’re tackling, which is a very delicate one, and so on. We had to take these things into account when writing the script. It wasn’t easy, but we hope we managed to do what I’m saying. And I think the clever thing that Saku has done here is to use a genre to talk about something else. He does what any good genre director should do and uses a device to tell you something important. So, from that point of view, the audience says ‘what is this thing?’, it engages and becomes sensitised, it’s watching because it’s motivated to see how t his conflict in the forest is resolved and so on. But then later you find out that the intention is to talk about the problems associated with a disease. But it does it as it’s done in cinema, it’s not didactic. But then that too becomes hard to watch because disease is always a bit scary, isn’t it? and so the audience then changes channel as you say, or it skips the video. But the idea he had is brilliant, you only realise it at the end. Just as Gabriele says, the biggest challenge initially was to broach the subject without getting into rhetoric, see, without being heavy. It took us several months because we couldn’t get around it. Until, at a certain point, the idea I had was to metaphorise the whole thing. So, as you’ll see, it’s all a big metaphor for the symptoms of this disease. In terms of directing, the idea is based on progressive sight loss, explained with the metaphor of approaching darkness, darkness falling, and then the fight against darkness which, let’s say is symbolised by this torch that helps our hero to make inroads into the wood which to a certain extent represents the hardships of life, never mind that of a person with such a serious and rare disease. And, as regards interpretation, he’s been in the rain and the cold for almost three days… Ill! It happened just at the right time, because I’m very ill, but better now People will say ‘he’s good’, no, no, I really am ill! But no, from the point of view of interpretation, in actual fact, as we said before, we’re telling a story using the genre of conflict, of the survival movie, this would be the term of reference. It’s the frustration that the character experiences as this light fails and he finds himself in the dark. A bit like “The Revenant” without the bear. Because we didn’t have the money for the bear! but there is a dog. But I really like this … the fact that in the end there is a light. The relationship between light and shadow is the hope that light will be found after all. Because if there were no hope, I wouldn’t have taken part in the project, it wouldn’t interest me, it’s the last thing to die.

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