I arrived late last night in Mexico City. I had a morning coffee in lovely Condesa and watched trendy people walking funny dogs while preparing my first presentation at El Faro, Fabrica de Artes y Oficios, in a couple of hours. This is my second time at Ambulante, this brilliant touring film festival in Mexico which has been screening FUTURE MY LOVE for the last couple of months already.
Last year I was here with a "retrospective" of my work which feels like suddenly being declared old. I have been making films since I was 12 so I had got accustomed to being in the "young filmmaker" category. But here I was with a retrospective, and one of the first questions I was asked at the symposium in Guadalajara was "what value my films have to the young generation."
However nice it was to be seen as a grown-up filmmaker, I was slightly taken aback – not only did I no longer seem to be part of the "young generation", I was deemed old enough that young people might find it hard to relate to what I was doing! But then, I suppose, that’s what happens when you work over five years on a project and suddenly have turned 30 without noticing.
It’s great to be back, let’s see what that "young generation" at El Faro has to say tonight...