Fri. Sep 30th, 2022

San Sebastián, September 20 (EFE).- The absence of its protagonist, Mexican “sex influencer” Lalo Santos, left a bitter and controversial note at the presentation this Tuesday in San Sebastián of “Pornomelancholia”, a film. Real life Santos directed by Argentinian Manuel Abramovich.

Aspiration for the Golden Shell The film is a “docufiction” that reflects the loneliness of its protagonist and combines homemade porn videos that Santos posts on his social networks with the shooting of another film, “Pornozapata”, that he was filming. In his real life and in which he plays Emiliano Zapata, a gay man who has sex with characters as diverse as Pancho Villa.

“I’m interested in the change between the person and the character”, said Abramović at a press conference in San Sebastian, “and how gender and patriarchy play into our role of a strong man, whose feelings should not be shown or broken”.

“From that place I approached the film and when I met the hero on social networks I felt fascination and admiration as Lalo managed his own life with creativity and irony for his virtual audience,” he explained.

Abramović defined the process as a four-year “collaboration” with the actors and the rest of the team to work on various topics that interested her: masculinity but sex work, AIDS, depression or racism.

“I feel sad that Lalo is not there to tell the story because the film started as an invitation to reflect together,” he said. “I told him from the first time we had coffee together that it would be difficult to define what was fiction and what was documentary because we were going to take material from his life.”

A few weeks ago, Santos tweeted that he would not attend the screening in San Sebastián because he did not agree with the conditions under which the film was made. “There were serious flaws in the planning, as well as a lack of competence and sensitivity on the part of the director and the production,” he said.

Santos lamented that there was no mental health specialist on set. “I was pressured to record when I was emotionally broken and I did porn scenes even though I refused to do sex scenes, I had very low self-esteem at the time and I was vulnerable to manipulation,” he laments.

Sex Worker asked the world of cinema to critique itself and debate “the relevance of using vulnerable and suffering, people without cinematographic experience for the aesthetic pleasure of an ‘intellectual’ minority”.

Abramović emphasized at the press conference that the two films “Pornomelancholia” and “Pornozapata” were made at the same time by the Mexican production company Meco Films, and in his case they used the sex scenes as a “stage to talk about intimacy”. Those of weak character who feel alone.

“This is not a film about pornography but about the sense of great loneliness that is reflected in the aftermath of this pandemic.”

The Argentinian director, who began developing the project a few years ago during a residency at the San Sebastián Festival, added that in addition to being “sad” he feels “confused” because it was a long collaborative process, but he says he accepts it. As an apprentice

“I want to talk to him to find out what he’s feeling and reconsider what he could have done better, but I understand that working with people involves risk.”

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