Costa Rican Filmmaker is Getting International Attention

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Ernesto “Neto” Villalobos’ “All About the Feathers”

QCOSTARICA -EXTRA – Ernesto “Neto” Villalobos’ feature debut, “Por las plumas” (“All About the Feathers”), premiered simultaneously at TIFF 2013 and San Sebastian 2013 and was selected by 30 other festivals, including Rotterdam, Vancouver, San Francisco and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Latinbeat series.

This deadpan comedy tells the story of Chalo, a security guard who wants to get into the cockfighting game and acquires a rooster, whom he names Rocky.

This year Villalobos was part of the Cannes Film Festival Cinéfondation Résidence, where he finished the first draft of his second project, called “El hombre de la mancha.”

Indiewire recently chatted with Villabos at the 2015 Locarno International Film Festival where he was participating in the Filmmakers Academy.

Q: Tell me a bit about your background.

A: I graduated in Sociology in Costa Rica knowing that I really wanted to study film. But before studying film, I wanted to study something else. I didn’t want to leave the country so young. And when I finished college I went to Barcelona to study film. I studied directing and then returned to Costa Rica and began to work. I started working a lot on advertising and … continue reading



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