Ismael Krall

Graduated from the Uruguayan Film School in 2020 where he entered with a complete scholarship won for his short film I’M OUT. That film was also bought by the editorial Diufusión in Spain to be part of a Spanish course. THE FRIGHT is his first short film as director after finishing the school, which was exhibited in Mexico, Argentina and Uruguay.

His next short film LISTEN was awarded in 2022 as BEST URUGUAYAN SHORT FILM in the Piriapolis International Festival and as BEST ONE MINUTE FILM in the KinoDrome: International Motion Picture & Screenplay Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. The short film was also exhibited in 11 festivals in 8 countries around the globe.

With his short thriller screenplay FULL MOON AT THE HILL, he was a finalist in the ISC: International Screenwriting Competition (New York, USA) among 1846 scripts and in the Frights! Camera! Action! Screenplay and Film Contest (USA) he won a prize in the BEST TWIST category.
Nowadays he is working in the post production of his last short film NEW YORK, the writing of his first feature film and the development of the documentary short film WE SURVIVED, in all of them as screenwriter and director.

Your project has entered our festival. What is your project about?
It's about Silvana Marcorni, a survivor of domestic violence who tells her story to prevent people from living the same.

What are your ambitions with your project?
With this short film we are making a proof of concept for a feature documentary. We think that starting with something small is the way to achieve a bigger goal.

Tell us something about your shooting? What pleasantly surprised you?
The shooting was planned, but as always the surprises appear. For example, what happened in the park with the group of elderly people listening to Silvana's story and then telling us their way of seeing domestic violence was great.

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For what group of spectators is your film targeted?
Mainly people that are close to that kind of violence, as we want to
 inspire them to get out of there or help other people that can be living a similar situation.

Why should distributors buy your film?
To spread awareness about the subject.

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How would you specify your work? What characterizes your film?

The main characteristic is that we tell a story of brutal pain in a very gentle and luminous way. We don't want to terrorize the audience, but to make them believe that it is possible to stop violence.

Why did you decide to become a filmmaker?
Because I think cinema it's the most effective and my favourite way to tell stories. As we can use sound and images in a very unique way, we can create wonderful and meaningful art pieces to connect with the audiences around the globe.

Who is your role model?
Many filmmakers but also different artists that want to use their art for the benefit of society. Also anyone that wants to contribute with their talent to create a better world.

Which movies are your favorites?
Why? I love so many films, because they reach me in many different ways. When a movie connects with my heart, mind and soul in a meaningful and aesthetic way it's when it becomes one of my favourites. Some movies that reached me in that way are Poor Things, Fallen Leaves, Trainspotting, The before trilogy, Taxi Driver, Rear Window and many others.

Where do you look for inspiration for your films?
Mostly in life because it is the source of infinite stories and is where I found the most original and compelling ones. But for the cinema craft itself, in the movies, music, theatre, paintings, architecture and all kinds of art in general. This is because in a way, cinema is a medium that can capture all the other different arts.

Which topics interest you the most?
It can change with the years, but mostly my favourite topic is the relation individuals keep with themselves and how that affects the relationships they have with others and society.

What do you consider your greatest achievement in your career?
So far it was winning a full scholarship to study cinema in the Uruguayan Film School because that was the only way possible for me to do that. But on the other hand, I think filmmaking it's a very long career that it's made from small achievements.

What do you consider most important about filming?
To capture what you think nobody else is capturing about life or the subject you prefer.

Which film technique of shooting do you consider the best?
For me there's no technique that I consider "the best" because those techniques need to be in line with the narrative. So that depends on every particular case.

How would you rate/What is your opinion about current filmmaking?
I think that a great generation of filmmakers it's about to stop filming because of their age, but luckily new talent will arise. But on a worldwide scale, movies still have a centre in Europe and USA, so many people are still missing movies from all over the world that are incredible. I hope that cinema will find a way to tell stories from different realities from many countries that people still don't know that exist.

What can disappoint you in a movie?
To see that the director cares more about showing off than about the story or the audience.

Who supports you in your film career?
The bigger supporters have been my parents. Not because they give me money to make movies, but because they allowed me to do it even though it's a complicated art, and they support me and give me advice on how to not give up and keep going in the best way possible. Also I'm lucky to have many friends that support me in the same way.