In “La Botera” (“Boat Girl”), starring in the Malaga Spanish screening, Argentine filmmaker Sabrina Blanco tells the story of Tati, a teenage girl who grew up in the poor neighborhood of Isla Maciel, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. On the banks of a polluted river, where he lives alone with his neglected and troubled father.
His father, a local boatman who carries passengers across the river, decides to sell his boat, then Tati begins to learn how to row, and comes of age in the process.
“The idea was raised in 2014 as a result of personal concerns and my own experience from social activities that led me to reflect on the difficulty of women growing up in a low-income class context – something that I felt was not too much. Explore, ”says Blanco Different.
She adds that adolescence is “a very complex stage for women in general, a stage where somehow we face problems throughout our lives” adds the feminist Not One Laser movement against gender-based violence in Argentina and Despite the rapid increase in power throughout Latin America, Blanco felt that women’s issues continued to be neglected in some of the most excluded areas. Treating them was a moral debt for feminism and it was.
“Also, Isla Mackiele is a place that I am particularly interested in talking about because it is a place that competes with the notion of various social strife, stigma and structural absence and a neighborhood on the banks of a polluted river. The film I wanted to describe – the construction of its metaphorical space – to the extent that I wanted such a space. “
Blanco visited Isla Mackiele for three years to prepare the film – taking part in activities, meeting people, neighbors and building a network. “The most important thing for me is to be in the place where someone is going to shoot – live them, know them, understand them, only then can one exclude the real, define the appearance and keep oneself out of the ordinary perception or predestination. Judgment. I think the way movies are made is movie movies “
The trade of the sailors of this boat is very special for this region and it is one that has been passed down from generation to generation from male to patriarchal sons.
It is a trade that has been marked by political and social eras that have come and gone. “It’s also interesting to think about the development of capitalism – an uncertain and frustrating task in front of the monumental city of Buenos Aires. The most interesting thing about Botero to me is the resistance that runs through them resulting in the similarity of many other resistances and the symbolic weight that it represents from an sociocultural point of view. “
The filmmaker made the initial decision to hire non-professional professionals from the region. “I felt that decision was at the heart of the film. I think it’s important to explore ways to get away from dominance in cinema and the industry in general, and to find new faces with more personal and common features of the place. Respect for characters, language, and gestures is a way to diversify and break out of the dynamics of presence. It’s a way for new actors and actresses to emerge. “
During the casting process, Blanco saw many young people from other regions, “These tests did nothing more than confirm my idea. I knew it was risky for the movie, but I also knew if I had to take a risk. In that sense, I’m one of those people who thinks Given that risks are inevitable, there is no industry without risks and everything can go wrong, this possibility is basically a transfer to reality that makes the film possible. “
In Nicole Rivadero, Blanco finds Tati. “Nicole carried the essence of the character in her personal baggage. It was in her eyes, in her gestures, in the way she existed. In fact, she was far from making movies, but I felt that an actress of any age could bring with her personal experience. Couldn’t.
“I’ve felt that we can act in acting over time, but the other, which one comes from, where it comes from, the one that lives, is not very personal and transferable; It is simply. “
Although he was initially unaware of what it meant to be a movie hero, Rivadero decided to take on the role and never gave up, Blanco explained, adding that the fire he had seen had become a reality: As the boat wanted. And from that line, as real as imaginary was real, we could make everything. “
Rivadero won Best Actress at the 2020 Jonazine Competition at the Malaga Festival, where “La Botera” also won Best Ibero-American Film Award.