"Alex Anwandter Makes Directorial Debut At Berlin Film Festival"
Alex Anwandter makes his writing/directorial debut at the Berlin International Film Festival with the premiere of “Nunca Vas a Estar Solo”. The festival takes place February 11-21.
The film follows the story of Juan (Sergio Hernández – “No”, “Gloria”), a manager at a mannequin factory leading a rather regular life, while conveniently ignoring the fact that his son, Pablo, is gay (and secretly cross dressing) – until life forces him to confront reality. Pablo is hospitalized after being brutally beaten by a gang of thugs in his neighborhood. The incident leaves Juan in debt, angered by the failure of the justice system and ready to take matters into his own hands to save his son. The story is loosely inspired by hate crime victim Daniel Zamudio, a Chilean gay youth and fan of Alex Anwandter’s music, whose death following a brutal beating made international headlines.
The film’s world premiere forms part of the Berlinale Panorama program, although “Nunca Vas A Estar Solo” has already won awards as a work in progress, including at the Guadalajara Film Festival and the Santiago International Film Festival.
Anwandter states, “This story is not a biopic and shifts its focus onto the father of the boy. This is my way of saying: it was not just one boy, it’s many boys and girls, women and men. And the life we should examine more carefully is not the boy’s, it’s the rest of us. We who allow this to repeat over and over.”
Anwandter goes on to say “It is an honor to debut in such a prestigious festival. I want to share this story. Although it is universal, it is deeply rooted in Chilean idiosyncrasy. Personally, I think it’s important that our fiction acts as a powerful mirror of our immediate problems.”
This year is shaping up to be a big one for Anwandter, with the April 1st release of his latest album, “Amiga”, as well as the film’s international release.