“Imaginary Portrait” is a 14-minute work starring Cecilia Li Causi, Julio Chianetta, Mirko Buchín and Ludmila Almoualem. The film is about Valeria, an artist who seeks the help of her mother beyond the grave to be able to free herself from the abuses that her father and grandfather exert on her. “I was inspired by feminist movements like Me Too and Ni Una Menos when I wrote« Imaginary Portrait ». It is a story about the power of art to set us free and change our lives “, said the director.
Martínez Carbonell graduated in 2012 from the Rosario Provincial Film and TV School (EPCTV) and that year he created the production company Hemisferio Films. Among other short films he filmed in Rosario is “Momento” which won the award for best Rosario production at the Rosario Latin American Video Festival. In 2014 he perfected in film and television production at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In that city he worked with actors such as Jessica Lange, Michael Cain and Hilary Duff, among others, and was part of films distributed by large film studios such as Universal Pictures. Hemisferio Films currently has offices in Los Angeles and Miami.
In addition to productions in Miami and Los Angeles, Martínez Carbonell has two projects underway. One is the short film “Perseguidos” that could be filmed in Rosario in early 2022 and the other would be his first feature film as a director, producer and screenwriter. for which he is working with one of the most important Latino talent agencies in Los Angeles.
What attracts you to the horror genre?
The horror and fantasy genre has been my favorite since I was very young. They call me Chucky because of my obsession with the horror film “Chucky, the cursed doll” … Although the genre as a filmmaker puts us in a situation of control and respect by having to follow a certain amount of rules to satisfy the audience , I try to play by those rules and break them if I have the chance to bring something new to the genre. Pre-production and casting was from Los Angeles. We did a casting through Zoom, I already had Mirko Buchín in mind when I started writing the story. I worked with Mirko before and I always saw him in the character of grandfather and the entire technical and artistic team was from Rosario and it was filmed 100 percent in Rosario.
How was the international tour of “Imaginary Portrait”?
With “Imaginary Portrait” we were selected in the most important festivals of the genre in the world, among them Screamfest in Hollywood, Fantaspoa in Brazil, Grimfest in the United Kingdom, Fantafestival in Italy, Flicker Rhode Island in Rhode Island that is a qualifier for the Oscars, BAFTA and Canadian Screen Awards, Filmquest in Utah, Feratum in Mexico, Telluride Horror Show in Colorado and NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles which is in charge of the Oscars.
What is the significance of this festival, both for the industry and especially for you and your career?
All these festivals are very important in the world of genre cinema, but NFMLA being organized by the Oscars is really the most important for me personally because of being so close to the Academy and representing Argentina. This festival offers us meetings with key people in the industry such as the vice president of Warner Bros. and the manager of Netflix’s original independent films.
What does it mean to you as a Rosario that they have selected your work?
It is an opportunity to show the talent of Rosario to the world and generate curiosity in the viewer. It means more opportunities and more connections. All of us who work in the entertainment industry know that it is a social business and “who do you know” can bring you new opportunities.
How was the selection for Screamfest and what is the significance of that festival?
Screamfest is October 12-21 on Hollywood Boulevard at the Chinese Theater. Screamfest is America’s largest horror film festival. The selection was quick. I sent the film and on the same day they accepted it, something that is not very common in the world of festivals. The festival president contacted me saying they wanted to know more about my career and we had a chat on Zoom. Now they are interested in producing a feature film inspired by my short film “Imaginary Portrait” known in English as “Imaginary Portrait”.