10/23/2018.- Jaulas (Cages) will premiere during the 63rd Valladolid International Film Festival. Before even getting there, being in the Seminci with his debut film already seemed like a prize to the film’s director, Nicolás Pacheco. “The Valladolid premiere is going to grant us the opportunity to share with the audience, for the first time, ideas and sensations, and above all to know what emotions the film awakens. But regardless of whether people like it or not, I consider myself fortunate to participate in the Seminci, a festival that I have always been a fan of,” he said while making arrangements for his trip to Valladolid.
Once sitting in front of the press and the audience during the press conference following the first screening, and accompanied by his producer and practically all of the cast members, Pacheco explained some of the film’s key aspects, such as the reason for the marked physical characteristics of some characters — “At the end of the day, there is something in all of them that stops them from being free” —, or the intentionality with which he wrote the film’s ending — who is saved and who isn’t.
What was not so premeditated was the purely feminine approach. Everything made sense when the director explained the ultimate goal of his project after being asked about it: “I finished writing the script years ago, and there were always female characters in my stories for a natural, instinctive reason. My family is full of women. In fact, my homeland, Andalusia, is a matriarchal society that has inherited customs, values, rites, stereotypes, and ways of thinking that we must begin to change. Although the Andalusian mother has played a fundamental role in our history and development, she has not been appreciated or given the place she should have. I wanted to talk about this. About a mother who takes flight in order to leave the subjection and social backwardness in which her daughter lives behind”.
When he transposes this specific history to a more general level, his vision cannot be more optimistic: “The two protagonists represent women’s freedom and rebellion, which is growing in my land. The freedom and rebellion of those women who are prepared for the future and begin to believe in it. I have seen it in my grandmothers, my mother, my aunts, my sisters, and now in my nieces too. There is an exciting and promising generational leap.”
The film has been a very personal project for different reasons. First of all, his previous short films helped him acquire technical background and find his own style. But in addition to “a look, aesthetics, and some themes“, this film feeds from all his previous works, as the director himself admitted. “In one way or another, all my previous works are here. Not only my short films, but also my plays, painting, music, and writing. I have always had a great need to express myself, and have immersed myself in different artistic disciplines throughout my life. It’s funny. Now I feel that all of it has helped me to deal with the magnitude of a project like this — it is as if I had connected the dots to get here, where I am now, in my element”.