“Horror is as close to naturalism as I get”: Nicolas Pesce on The Eyes of My Mother

Nicolas Pesce’s directorial feature debut The Eyes of My Mother (2016) is a visually striking film. The monochrome shades mirror the dark story of its young character, Francisca, a woman traumatised by the violent murder of her mother. Of its visual style Pesce observes: “In the same way that a painter uses the brush stroke to give a different impression, as a filmmaker I have a particular visually strong style to give a different impression.” Yet it is not only the monochrome image upon which this pursuit of a different impression is perched. Rather the long takes and slow pace create an alienation with the impatience of modern cinema that fights to retain the audience’s attention.

In conversation with FrightFest, Pesce discussed his pursuit to cultivate a reality with his own spin on our expectations and creating a space in film for the audience to answer questions. He also reflected on the camera as a character, film as a voyeuristic art form and a desire to move away from the philosophical subject matter of his feature debut.

Read the full interview at FrightFest Gore in the Store.


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