Director Cary Fukunaga gave an interview to CNN News where he commented on his vision of his films and cinema as a whole. Cary, who had his last work released a few months ago, the movie 007: No Time to Die, spoke a little about an old project made in partnership with Netflix.
Beasts of no Nation, released in 2015, features stars like Idris Elba in the cast. The film tells about an African boy is forced to fight alongside mercenaries and become a guerrilla boy soldier. Following the boy’s personal journey through the war, the film works with violence to portray the world around him.
Considered a critical and public success, the film has a brutal tone, mainly because of the theme it deals with. However, in the BBC interview, Cary Fukunaga talked about how the film had to be somewhat polished. According to the director, violence is still much smaller than reality.
Segundo Cary Fukunaga:
“Much of the violence takes place off camera. The camera may revisit it, but the precise moment of violence is often just at the edge – but you feel it nonetheless. Both in “Sin Nombre” and in “Beasts” I retreated into violence. In war, the handling of prisoners and battle wounds is far more brutal than what I’m showing you on screen. “
The film was released with an indicative rating for people over 18, with one of the reasons being the violence that the film presents. As the director reveals, violence must be well measured, as it is a sensitive issue that not all viewers can handle well.
I think if you really showed how brutal life can be, you would lose the audience. They would either go completely numb, or they wouldn’t be able to take it and would have to leave. War is probably one of the most brutal things people don’t see anymore. There were a lot more images, I would say 30, 50, 60 years ago. In fact, most of death is covered by our everyday life. It’s almost like we’re not prepared to look at it.
In addition to the violence used in the films, an important debate in cinema, Cary Fukunaga also commented on other themes. Among the topics discussed are the role of the director, his interaction with other professionals, work trips, among others.
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