Tomás Astudillo astutely captures the complex life of a politician in Ecuador in his film Moments of Campaign. To learn more of his complexities, read below about the Quito based filmmaker.
What is your connection to the South?
I live in the South. For me, it means more than a physical territory; it goes beyond the ideas of nation and borders. The South is fragility, it is my home and my starting point from where I look at the world. The South means to build and to learn. It is the opposite of a static and acquired world. The South represents the challenge that invites me to film in order to leave a mark of its constant movement.
Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
The first motivation for this documentary was facing the reality of a country divided into two opposing political sides. I wanted to offer a look from “another place” using cinematographic tools.
For this film I was inspired, initially, in several documentaries that follow political campaigns like Robert Drew’s “Primary”; Raymond Depardon’s “1974 Une Partie de Campagne”; or Joao Moreira Salles’s “Entre Atos”. Then I started watching movies that followed rock stars after tours like Pennebaker’s “Do not Look Back” or Robert Frank’s “Cocksucker Blues”. All these films reveal the unknown side of public characters.