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Meet the 2012 Sundance Filmmakers #21: Armando Bo, ‘The Last Elvis’

Meet the 2012 Sundance Filmmakers #21: Armando Bo, 'The Last Elvis'

“Biutiful” co-writer Armando Bo makes his directorial debut with “The Last Elvis,” the story of an Elvis impersonator’s moral dilemma. The film will appear in the World Dramatic Competition.

What’s it about? A man lives by imitating someone else until destiny shows him what he always denied. He will need to choose between his dream and his family.

Director Armando Bo says: “”El Ultimo Elvis (The Last Elvis)” is a movie that immerses the audience in the head of a character that believes he is a reincarnation of Elvis Presley. The movie is a metaphor about lack of personality, about denial, about fanaticism. These are topics that I’m very much interested in, and which I see everywhere, more and more in young people. With the expansion of marketing these idols, icons were created, and they are sold to us as if they were perfect beings, models to be followed, but who actually are ordinary people: imperfect, with insecurities like everybody. In this case, the main character, Carlos or Elvis, has a gift, which is to sing unbelievably well, but since he doesn’t have his own personality chooses to imitate someone else. I think that in some way, we are all somebody’s doubles. What’s interesting is that this man sings just like Elvis, and this is why the line between imitating and being dilutes a little.

“I’m a third generation filmmaker. My grandfather was a movie director of erotic movies in the 50’s and 60’s. My father is an actor/producer and was a kind of Latin-American James Bond in the 70’s and 80’s. I started to work in movies and advertising when I was 17. I worked in all areas, until I began to direct commercials and then I set up a production company together with Patricio Alvarez Casado, which is called Rebolucion. Four years ago I wrote the script of “The Last Elvis” together with Nicolas Giacobone, and the Elvis script took us to co-write “Biutiful” with Alejandro González Iñárritu.

“The challenge was to make a different Latin-American movie, which didn’t speak about the social issues most Latin-American movies speak about, issues which I respect very much, but which don’t seduce me very much when I see them in movies. With a lot of support and little money, we were able to make this movie, which we are all very much proud of.”

Indiewire invited Sundance Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they’re doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2012 festival.

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