The film consists of a choral cast in which all its characters are conditioned by their physical appearance, always singular, deformed and uncomfortable
10/24/2017. – Eduardo Casanova presents his debut film Pieles (Skins) at the 62nd Seminci in the Spanish Cinema section, a film that emerged from his previous short film Eat My Shit, starring Ana Polvorosa, in which a notorious physical deformity conditions her life.
The film consists of a choral cast in which all its characters are conditioned by their physical appearance, always singular, deformed and uncomfortable. “The art direction of Skins has to do with what is spoken about in the film, it is a film that deals with what’s on the outside, and it was very intentional that the outside of the film caught attention,” Casanova said, “but the physical differences in Skins work more as a metaphor for something internal than as deformations in and of themselves. For example, for Candela Peña’s character, her problem is not only her physicality, but her not knowing how to be alone, without a man, without her mother… or Ana Polvorosa’s character, Samantha, that if she spoke she would say terrible things about her environment, hence the malformation,” he added.
About the reaction that the film has generated, Eduardo Casanova believes that “provocation must be a tool; everything that provokes you breaks something in your speech and when that happens, it later builds up stronger; I write and direct to investigate about what concerns me, is the only thing I focus on when I start to write. I hate frivolity.”
Skins is a film designed, directed and promoted entirely by Eduardo, who defended the romanticism in the first works of any artist: “the first projects have a romanticism, one must seek the radicalism in the artist that will make the film be considered auteur cinema and will make it good and interesting. I hope that all of us who are just beginning do not lose that radicality.”
The public has been very interested in the screening of the film and its subsequent colloquium. “I really believe in talent, I have never believed in the plugs nor that anything is given to anyone… talent sustains you and without having that one can arrive, yes, but they won’t stay,” he concluded.