How 'Charlotte' captures the life-changing journey of a forgotten Argentinian actress

IFFI 52: Spanish film 'Charlotte' is lined up for the Golden Peacock Award for Best Film at the IFFI 2021, along with 14 other films.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated on 24 Nov 2021, 12:29 pm

'Charlotte' Director Simon Franco (L) with producer Lena Fernandez

'Charlotte' Director Simon Franco (L) with producer Lena Fernandez


Charlotte, an eponymous Spanish film, featured at the 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa takes you through a “quixotic journey” of a yesteryear actress. She weaves her past with the present in the quest to craft a future of her dreams.

Presented under the International Competition section of IFFI 2021, the film is directed by Simon Franco. The surreal role of Charlotte is played by Angela Molina, the grande dame of Spanish cinema. The actress shared a memorable past with the director who launched her into the world of cinema.

Addressing a press meet held at IFFI in Goa on Monday, the director threw light on the journey of Charlotte, which takes her to unusual places and circumstances.

“At one point of time in her life, Charlotte realises what she used to be and what she is now.  Her journey starts from that point itself, a journey which was mostly inward rather than external.”

Upon the serendipitous discovery that her mentor of yore who made her famous is filming his last film in Paraguay, the now-forgotten Argentanian actress Charlotte sets out on an extraordinary journey in search of something more than just obtaining the opportunity to play the leading role which she believes rightfully belongs to her. She ventures in search of a present and a future, an exploration she is certain would change her life, in ways more than providing her with a tonic to revive her dwindling career.

Can the movie be termed a road movie? The director said: “Yes, the film meticulously portrays various elements of the road journey. However, it can’t be called a classical road movie, it is a personal one.”

The film brings out the cultures and lifestyles of people of different ethnicities, especially from Taiwan. Speaking about the role of this diversity, producer Lena Fernandez said: “Paraguay has a large population of people from Taiwan. Moreover, Paraguay is a country which recognises Taiwanese people.” In addition, “We wanted to give an international flavour to the movie,” she added.

The movie is co-written by Simon along with Constanza Cabrera, Lucila Podestá.

The director and producer, both hailing from Argentina, are currently residing in Paraguay. They shared their excitement at being in IFFI as part of their maiden visit to the host country.

“It feels great to be here, we are having fun. The movie was screened in a packed theatre at IFFI and people came asking us some very interesting questions. We felt honoured.”

Charlotte is lined up for the Golden Peacock Award for Best Film at the IFFI 2021, along with 14 other films.

Simón Franco (b. 1979, Argentina) studied Direction at Universidad del Cine (FUC) and specialized in Script Writing under the expert tutelage of José Martínez Suárez. As a screenwriter for the feature film Guaraní (2016), he won the Best Screenplay award at FIC in Gramado. He has also directed Not So Modern Times (2011). (With inputs from I&B Ministry)

IFP Bureau

IFP Bureau

IMPHAL, Manipur

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