‘I Hate New York’ dives into its 4 characters’ fight for their own identity

Juan Antonio Bayona and Carlos Bayona

10/22/2018.- The section Spanish Cinema has programmed the film I Hate New York this Monday 22nd of October; this project was created by journalist and director Gustavo Sánchez, with the participation of the producers Ricard Robles and brothers Carlos and Juan Antonio Bayona.

The story was filmed with a home video camera and without a script. It takes place in New York in the years following 9-11, in a natural setting that cannot be found in tourist guides. The director, throughout a period of 10 years, delves into the lives of four transgender women who are artists and activists from the city’s underground subculture. Little by little, they begin to unveil their past experiences and their battles to attain their own identity.

Amanda Lepore and Sophia Lamar are two divas from the transgender nightlife; Tara Delong is a rapper and a performer; and Chloe Dzubilo is an artist and activist supporting HIV/AIDS carriers. These characters have built their personality from artistic activism and creative disruption.

Initially this project was the director’s personal adventure, but as years passed it became bigger and more complex. The total number of hours filmed was of 170 and more than 70 characters were interviewed. That was until the moment when the main characters arose, taking over the film. Ricard Robles assures the idea “began with an instinct and a vocation to explore; it ended up being some sort of testimony and emotional drama thanks to the work of many people who kept adding onto the project.”

The spirit of the investigation was to see how underground New York had changed after the impact of 9-11. Ricard Robles pointed out that the director ends up learning that “the relevant issue is the battle fought by these characters so they can survive doing what they want to do with their art, so they can use it to express their feelings.”

During production they decided to erase dates because they did not add any value, but it was all kept in chronological order, except for a trick or two, since it was always planned as a closed circle. Robles also mentioned “there is not a single musical note put there by chance or as bland background noise, everything is linked to the narrative that we intended and that’s what was generated in the production room.”

Lastly, Carlos Bayona mentioned the film will be in cinemas from the 9th of November, and that he could use this as a good opportunity to recommend “this journey in which the director arrives as an intruder and ends up being absorbed by the power of these characters.”

Posted in 63rd Seminci.