The filmmaker from Madrid Rodrigo Sorogoyen, nominated for an Oscar for his short film “Madre”, and winner of three Goya awards out of a six-time nomination in just under ten years of career, has confessed to Efe that he feels “with the impostor syndrome” after having been elected to the jury at the 79th edition of the Venice Film Festival.
“I had not yet reached the point of assuming the responsibility that an assignment like this entails, I was still in the joy, the nerves, the emotion and in the impostor syndrome of how this could happen to me”, laughs the director, who today participated in the presentation of the Spanish productions that will go to the next San Sebastián festival.
Although a few days ago Sorogoyen had agreed to be a jury in Venice, today it was made public that the Madrid native will share that task with the president of the jury, the American actress Julianne Moore, the Italian director and screenwriter Leonardo Di Costanzo; the French director Audrey Diwan, the Iranian actress Leila Hatami and the Anglo-Japanese Nobel Prize winner for Literature Kazuo Ishiguro.
“I find it incredible that they have thought of me for this. Apart from the fact that it is going to be a wonderful experience, I really want to be with these people,” Sorogoyen, screenwriter, director and producer of film and television, told Efe.
He admits that Moore is “his idol” and that he thinks she is “a wonderful woman”, but he has no idea what kind of “fit” he will have with the rest of the jury; the beautiful thing, she affirms, is the diversity, which a priori, seems guaranteed.
Sorogoyen will participate in the San Sebastián Festival with a new television series, “Apagón”, by Movistar + that will go out of competition, where he will direct one of the five episodes that it consists of together with Raúl Arévalo, Isa Campo, Alberto Rodríguez and Isaki Lacuesta, whose starting point is a solar storm that causes a general power outage.
Nominated for a Goya and winner of the Feroz with his debut film “Stockholm” (2013), Sorogoyen has been at the top of the film and television scene in this country in less than ten years, after signing films such as “El Reino” or “Mother” and television series such as “Riot Police”.
“I feel like I have the impostor syndrome, like what have I done to deserve this, but once I see that this is what has happened to me, then I tell myself ‘enjoy it’, because it has been a beautiful time for me” , says the director of “May God forgive us” (2016).
In addition, adds Sorogoyen, “every time I come to the Academy, or go to the festivals or the Goyas, there is something that excites me a lot, and it is that belonging to a group that tries to do its job as well as possible, which is to tell stories” .
In this sense, he has valued and appreciated the alert call from the director of the San Sebastian event, José Luis Rebordinos, who during the presentation of the national productions that will be present at the 70th edition of the SSIFF asked that the public go to the cinema.
“I think it’s a very lucid comment,” said Sorogoyen, convinced, like Rebordinos, that “it’s not that nothing happens, it does happen if we don’t go to the movies now,” he warns, “it’s that we’re going to regret it, as Rebordinos says.”
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Sorogoyen, jury at the Venice Festival, has “imposter syndrome”