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Talking To The Sexy Star of NewFest’s Argentine Ménage a Trois Film ‘The Third One’

Talking To The Sexy Star of NewFest's Argentine Ménage a Trois Film 'The Third One'

“The
Third One” may seem slight, but this
very sexy Argentine film about a ménage a trois that develops between Fede
(Emiliano Dionisi), a college student, and a couple Franco (Nicolás Armengol)
and Hernán (Carlos Echevarría) has deeper meanings. The film unfolds simply,
and in three acts, with a coda. Franco flirts online with Fede; the couple
invites Fede over for a meal; the men have sex. Then there is a morning after.

Writer/director
Rodrigo Guerrero deftly explores the connections between these three men in
each act—over the Internet, over dinner, and in bed—showing
how intimacy develops and how each character lets down his guard over time.
Guerrero compartmentalizes his film never giving the audience any information
other than what is presented on screen. Have Franco and Hernán had other
threesomes? Is Fede a virgin? “The Third One” is open to interpretation. This, along with Guerrero’s very
formalized style and a trio of strong performances is what makes this film so
engaging.

We spoke to the film’s lead actor Carlos
Echavarría via email (and with the translation help of Beatriz Urraca, my “Directory
of World Cinema: Argentina” co-editor)
about “The Third One”:

What
appealed to you about making “The Third One?”

What seduced me
most about the project was the challenge of doing 90% of the movie in the same
location. I knew that if the acting wasn’t good it wasn’t going to hold up. On
the other hand, not having a fixed script—most scenes are improvised, such as
the dinner scene—there were only guidelines. It was whatever came up. Obviously,
what happened among the actors provided good results! 

Your body language is very interesting
in the dinner sequence—how you talk and listen. Can you discuss this part of
your craft?

I think that listening and communicating are so
important that I take care to make it so. It is not more complex than what one
does in real life when one speaks to a friend. In fact I teach classes to train
actors and I always tell them about the importance of communicating and
listening for an actor.

On that note, the scene of Hernán and
Fede smoking on the balcony is the best, because the characters are at their
most relaxed; there is no palpable tension (sexual or otherwise) at that one
moment…

The film truly seems like a moment in the life
of these characters, it makes them real and you forget you are in the cinema.

OK, let’s talk about the extended sex
scene. Was that difficult or fun to film?

It was weird. For me, it was the first time
doing a sex scene with a man, and in this case it was with two… I tried to have
fun and enjoy myself during the shooting, we joked around… Working in the nude
is always complicated, but it turned out very well. We choreographed it to the
extent that each one of us would know what to do. The director was clear: you
do this and then that. I needed that to feel more secure. One is already so
exposed in general, and sex scenes take that to the extreme. The entire crew is
watching you naked. It would be fair if during sex scenes the entire crew were
naked as well, so they would feel exactly what we feel! But that would be very
chaotic, everyone would surely end up partying. [Laughs].

“The Third One” screens tonight at NewFest in New York. Info and tickets here.

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