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Alfonso Cuaron

Director

On the state of things: Obviously, in the last few years the independent scene has grown, but honestly most of the movies we perceive as independent are not that independent. People think of the films from Miramax as independent, but strictly speaking that is not independent. For me, the thing about independent is it’s not where your money comes from, it’s where your heart is. It’s more a creative statement rather than a money statement.

Recipes for change: I would not allow theaters that serve cappuccino. I’m very bored with the solemnity around the independent scene. In the same way that I feel uncomfortable with the Hollywood arrogance, I feel uncomfortable with the independent righteousness. But I don’t think it’s filmmakers per se.

It’s a whole system of perception. I think it’s so important for audiences to have fresh approach to the film. Nowadays, people come to see a Hollywood film because they’ve been bombarded with publicity, and they come with so many preconceptions. The same thing happens with so-called arthouse cinema. People go to see an arthouse film thinking they have to love it or they’re unsophisticated morons. But those audience attitudes are driven by a whole media phenomenon.

An ideal world: I don’t think a lot is going to change, because a lot of this has to do with marketing. But in an ideal world, it would be beautiful for audiences to go virgin to see a film. Like when you go to a film festival, when you go to see a film and you’re amazingly surprised. I’m just talking about purity of perception. When you’re talking about independent film, you’re talking about a purity of creation. It would be great to have a purity of perception as well.

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