Irony vs. Cynicism – Director João Pedro Rodrigues on ‘Will-o’-the-Wisp’
Faced with the consequences of climate change and at odds with his awful relatives, the son of a rich bourgeois family decides to become a firefighter. Providing most of the heat however aren’t forest fires but a hot new colleague, and the two embark on a torrid affair that defies class, race, and gender binaries.
Elena Lazic (EL): The film has a wide scale in terms of the time it covers, but also in the range of sets and its changing focus: you have these very intimate conversation scenes, but also a big dance number, a forest fire, etc.
João Pedro Rodrigues (JPR): I think the film plays with the balance between the love story, the intimacy; and the more wide-scale things. Even the sex scenes, the most intimate scenes, deal with history and colonialism, via this idea of role playing. For me, that was important: that somehow, these two people pacified all of the past through intimacy. I think this might be the way to do it.
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