I first encountered writer, director and producer Natalia Leite in
an episode of VICE’s “Every Woman”, where she and (co-star and producer) Alexandra Roxo pose as truck stop
strippers and was described as “a Marina Abramovic performance crossed with a
bizarro episode of ‘Wife Swap’ directed
by David Lynch’s daughters.” Natalia’s feature film debut “Bare“ will premiere at the 2015 Tribeca
Film Festival. “Bare” explores the curious relationship between small desert townie
Sarah (Dianna Agron) and a spontaneous stranger, Pepper (Paz de la Huerta) who introduces the highs of sex, drugs and spirituality into Sarah’s world.
LatinoBuzz: What was the moment a young girl in Sao Paolo named Natalia decided she wanted to pick up a camera?
My dad had one of those huge VHS cameras when I was growing up and he would film the family sometimes. It was too big for me to carry but I always wanted
to play around with it. Then, when I was around 9 or 10, I started playing with a little point and shoot camera that my family had and I would stage
scenarios with my sister and photograph them. I loved it. I loved creating the scene and also being in it sometimes. I think that was the start.
LatinoBuzz: I understand you were in the process of Bare when you came up with the VICE idea. Did any of that factor in ultimately when you shot “Bare”?
For sure. I came across the strip club that we used in “Bare” when I was location scouting in New Mexico and thought it was such a unique and cinematic
place. I told Alexandra about this place and we started thinking about how those women ended up there and what life is like for those women. From there we
developed the idea for “Every Woman,” the Vice show. Through that experience we bonded with some of the women working in the club and ended up casting them
in “Bare.” It also really inspired my writing and I added some of that personal experience into the script.
LatinoBuzz: What’s the most important part of the writing process for you?
It’s the painful part when you already have the full script written and you think it’s great and then you step back for a moment to realize that it’s not
ready yet. When you have to go back to the drawing board and look at your outline again and kill all the scenes you love and make a big mess of it all to
get it to a better place.
LatinoBuzz: What were the films that you watched and discussed with your team in achieving the aesthetic of the film?
So many. Here are a few: “My Own Private Idaho,” “Last Picture Show,” “Fish Tank,” “Harold and Maude,” “My Summer of Love,” “XXY”….
LatinoBuzz: What made your two leads stand out for you? Were you at any point looking for parts of yourself in them?
They are exaggerated parts of myself. They are polar opposites who come together and change each other.
LatinoBuzz: Is there a song you could write to all day long?
No. I listen to a lot of music and never sit on one song for too long.
LatinoBuzz: How does the current state of the world impact your filmmaking voice?
Growing up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, I feel like I was more exposed to the reality of the world we live in. Brazil is beautiful with so many amazing people and
beautiful nature, but in Sao Paulo you go to work in the morning and there are 7-year-olds knocking on your car door begging for money, there’s corruption,
there’s violence. Not to say that this doesn’t happen here in America too – it does – but the US is better about hiding this reality in a certain way.
Growing up in Sao Paulo was really important to my formative years as an artist, and really shaped the way I saw myself as an artist in the world.
Latinobuzz: Your favorite Journey?
My favorite journey is just meditating and going inside myself.
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