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Interview with Filmmaker Leandro Taub

Hi Leandro, thank you for this interview, we would like to start with your previous work as an author. Please tell us about it.

I wrote 5 books and a collection of 22 talks published as audiobooks. The books are about the self-help, spiritual and mystical areas. They are published in Spanish, many of them are available in English and one of them is in Portugüese and French.

There should be a driving force, a motivation, behind your decision to move on with making this film, what was it?

The wish to make a film, the frustration of trying and failing before, and an inner call and experience that currently I don't know how to describe.

What about the story and the screenplay?

It is based on my interpretation of Meshiach ben Joseph, mixed with some life experiences. 

Would you consider EXTERNO a provocative film?

I do believe that can push the audience to reflect, think and talk about this perspective of reality. And from the artistic point of view, I think we achieved something special that can also open other opportunities on how to tell a story and make a film.

How difficult was it to produce the film? What were your available resources?

It was a challenge to do it in many areas because it was the first time we were doing a feature film. Thanks, G'd, everything came through very well and work out fine.

What is the message you want to convey to the audience via this film?

We need to fix the world.

If you had an unlimited budget at your disposal, what would be your dream production project?

Gather the most brilliant people in the world to make a film that talks to the soul and help the human being become better.

Tell us about your upcoming projects.

We are working on a family-comedy drama about a special family with a special guest visiting them, and another film about the meeting of two opposites within the Jewish community.

The Covid-19 crisis has disrupted the global film industry. What are the challenges and opportunities for the industry beyond the pandemic?

Tell better stories, in a better way, to a more refined audience.

What role have film festivals played in your life so far? Why are they necessary? How do you get the most out of them?

Externo is out there gathering a good recognition in big part thanks to the great reception it has in film festivals. We are deeply grateful for it. The film festivals are a good place to showcase our work and mingle with other filmmakers and industry professionals.

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