Casa Caracol, by Jean-Marc Rousseau Ruiz was presented at the 15th FICMBy: Gabriel Andrade Espinosa, Marco Antonio Mejía
The first feature film by the Franco-Mexican director Jean-Marc Rousseau Ruiz, Casa Caracol (2017) was presented at Cinépolis Morelia Centro as part of the Mexican Film Section in competition of the 15th FICM.
Casa Caracol narrates the story of Sophia who, conflicted by the mysterious death of her husband, decides to take a vacation to find peace in Casa Caracol, a hostel in the town of Xilitla. There, she will spend nights full of celebration and fraternity until one of the members of the group dies.
Jean-Marc Rousseau directed the short films Beyond the Mexique Bay (2008) and Sand (2013). With the first one, he participated in the 6th FICM, in addition to being selected for the 47th International Critics’ Week of the Cannes Film Festival, he was also awarded the Best Mexican Short Film at GIFF (Guanajuato International Film Festival). The second was also part of the FICM programming in 2013.
Casa Caracol’s press screening was attended by director Jean-Marc Rousseau Ruiz, cinematographer Carlos Correa Reynoso, producer Stéphanie Geslin, and actors Rosalba García and Alejandro Luna Jara.
In the afternoon, the cast and production team reconvened during the gala function of Casa Caracol in Cinépolis Centro. At the end of the screening, a round of Q&A was offered, in which Rousseau Ruiz explained the difficulties he had in having a few weeks to film and a limited budget:
“The time we had to shoot and the little budget became a problem. There were 18 hours of work and four hours of sleep. The person who played the retired man was someone from Xilitla who has a hotel and agreed to participate. Anyone can tell you that everything was very complicated and that the great achievement was to finish the film. ”
Rosalba García on the victim character of her role:
“It was really difficult to interpret because I’m not usually a person with that character, and the script speaks of continuously subjecting myself to a great deal of aggression and fatality. I did not take it as a gender issue but as a metaphor for the situation in which we live in, where women receive violence, but also the rest of us. But I do not take that vulnerability from gender. ”
Rosalba García, on the meaning of portraying the violence of society:
“As I watched, I asked myself the meaning of portraying something like that. On a personal level and regardless of the motivations of the creators, I think that part of healing these wounds is going to mourn and the first step is to know what you lost and what hurts. That is why to see the pain and to represent violence to which we do not want to be exposed is important to initiate the healing “.
Jean-Marc Rousseau Ruiz, on his feminine narrative and violence
“Why is a woman the main character? Because in my previous short I started to work with a female character, I feel more comfortable with them, they are my narrative conduit … It was a coincidence that such a film came at a time with campaigns of harassment allegations.”
Ianis Guerrero, on filming a sex scene
“It’s been the worst sex scene I’ve ever had. It was five o’clock in the morning, the river water was frozen, the rocks were digging into Rosalba, we were naked and we had to pretend we were making love.”
Casa Caracol will have another show on Sunday, October 22 at 6:15 pm in theater 2 of Cinépolis Las Américas.