The Mexican director, scriptwriter and producer Lila Avilés is here in San Sebastián to form part of the Horizontes Latinos Jury. Having worked as both a filmmaker and ajuror, she says that in each of these roles, it’s all about respect: respect for nature, art, the family, friends and strangers. She has worked in all the fields of theatre and cinema and that is where she learnt to have enormous respect for each one of them. Now that she’s back at the Festival on the other side, she feels that each film and each director is already a winner simply for being here.
She also says that when she watches a film, what she looks for is a film that really thrills her. She doesn’t consider herself to be an intellectual so she doesn’t search for the perfect film. “Perfection is for robots.” She draws attention to the extraordinary increase in female filmmakers in both Spain and México and closes by stressing the vital role that festivals and critics play for filmmakers as without them many films wouldn’t survive.