"Although its aesthetics are dark and radical, 'Mission to Mars' appeals to everyone, as well as to human relationships, in particular that of three brothers"
'Mission to Mars' will be screened out of competition in the Zinemira section. Amat Vallmajor del Pozo's film participated in WIP Europe, was also screened at the Berlin Critics' Week and earned a mention at the Gijón Film Festival. The feature film, produced by Elias Querejeta Zine Eskola, Muxika Zinema and Vitrine Films, portrays a post-apocalyptic Basque Country, where two brothers set off on a mission. We spoke to the director about his participation in the San Sebastian Festival and the challenges he has set himself ahead of the film's theatrical release on 29 September.
- 'Mission to Mars' will be screened in the Zinemira section of the San Sebastian Festival. What are your expectations for the Zinemaldia?
Our expectations for the Zinemaldia are to be able to show the film at home. We are very excited that all those friends who have not had the opportunity to travel to the places where we have screened the film so far will be able to attend the screening.
- How would you describe the film to us?
It's a futuristic, dystopian, and punk film for all the family. As its fine mix of genres indicates, this is an eclectic film and a debut feature that embraces its imperfections and, in my view, is made from love.
- After being screened at various festivals and awarded a Special Mention from the Spanish Film Jury at the Gijón Festival, 'Mission to Mars' will be released in cinemas on 29 September. How do you expect it to be received in theatres?
We hope it will be good, as this film, although its aesthetics are dark and radical, appeals to everyone, as well as to human relationships, in particular that of three brothers". Although it is a very independent film with a very modest budget, it may well be well-received.
- What are your goals for the future?
We intend to keep working together as a team and keep making films that we enjoy.
- What is your assessment of everything that has happened so far?
Very positive. That's the good thing about making a film with no great expectations or big commitments, everything that comes along is extremely pleasing and proves to be a success, whatever it is.