Carmen Pedrero • Director of Winds of Springtime
"I believe that patience and hard work are always good companions, as well as passion"
- The Spanish director spoke to us as her tender coming-of-age story prepares to take part in EFP's Future Frames
A recent graduate of Film Directing at the Escuela de Cinematográfica y Audiovisual de Madrid (ECAM), Carmen Pedrero is currently preparing for her film Winds of Springtime (2022) to show as part of European Film Promotion’s Future Frames at the 56th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (1-9 July).
Winds of Springtime follows Amelie, a teenager excited by her forthcoming class trip to Tenerife. While her excitement partly emanates from the promise of freedom and fun that the trip will entail, Amelie is also impatient to get rid of the orthopaedic brace she has worn for years. But Amelie soon learns that the promise of adulthood can sometimes bring the promise of disappointment.
With a wonderful performance from Carmen Albizu in the lead role, the film is a poetic and beautiful coming-of-age story which tenderly unpicks the trials and tribulations of moving to a next stage of life.
CIneuropa: Where did the initial spark for making Winds of Springtime originate from?
Carmen Pedrero: Well, this story is my teenhood. From the very beginning of when I started making films, I wanted to talk about it. I wore that brace for five years and it always embarrassed me. I was always waiting for the day when the doctors would remove it from me. Now it’s been ten years and I realise that those braces made me the way I am and brought me the greatest gift: stillness and patience. So now, I just wanted to make peace with my dear, so hated friend and heal that wound.
The coming-of-age story is a popular one in culture. Did any films or stories inspire you when you were bringing the story to screen?
No. I guess when the story is this personal, everything comes to mind so easily, I wasn’t thinking about another film. In fact, when I am in the process of making a film, I try not to watch films related to my film so that I am not tainted with other ideas or ways of filming and so I can be faithful to my very first impulse.
What qualities did Carmen Albizu bring to the central role? Was it an easy process to find her?
Carmen Albizu was my miracle. It was hard for me to find a quiet, calm teenage girl because they have so much energy. And when I first met Carmen, I found in her that stillness the character needed. Working with her was really easy. She’s a very profound, intelligent, sensitive human being and a great actress. She gave the character a great deal of maturity.
Your use of the short format is very well thought out – showing how little moments can have huge effects. Did you enjoy the intimacy and space for subtlety that the short medium can allow?
Well, not particularly. I think you can use the long format to show a little decisive moment as well. I myself needed more time to go deeper with some things. For example, I wish I had more time to show the relationship or routine she has with her braces.
You’ll be at Karlovy Vary and Future Frames. Tell us about your expectations.
This is my first festival ever. It’s an honour to be part of it. I just hope to live the experience, enjoy it, and above all to meet people who share the same interests, concerns and passion for film as me.
Do you have ideas for your next project?
Yes, I am already developing a few projects about personal experiences. I want to keep exploring my past, my childhood, my family, so I can continue making films as a way of healing wounds. And I also want to approach more experimental ways of making films. I am aware that I still have a long way to go, and I believe that patience and hard work are always good companions, as well as passion.
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