Hans Canosa

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  • 7 May 2007


Name Hans Canosa

Born Holden, Massachusetts, USA in the 1970s

Background Canosa’s parents were fundamentalist Christians who believed that movies are the devil’s work, so didn’t see a film at the cinema until he was 17 years old. On leaving home he was disinherited for attending Harvard College. He directed many plays and videos in college and attended New York University’s graduate film program only to drop out when it proved too restrictive.

What’s he up to now? He’s just made his split screen debut feature Conversations with Other Women starring Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart.

What he says about the film ‘The reason I made the film is because I lived a night very like this one, and Gabrielle Zevin’s script brought it all back for me. I think everyone has asked himself or herself the question, “What would you do if you had a second chance with someone you once loved?” If you haven’t lived the story in this movie, you’ve imagined it. I believe even a film that experiments should tell a great story that people want to see.’

What he says about the split screen device ‘I wanted to do a two character film with a screen for each character. It seemed like a natural experiment to undertake. Although there have been many experiments in split screen, this is the first time that split screen has been used primarily to juxtapose shot and reverse shot. I find the effect involves audiences more deeply into the emotional journey of the characters. The viewer is invited to act as an editor between the two performances. The split screen allows for so many uniquely cinematic moments, that telling this story would not be conceivable in any other form. I did think about Bergman’s Scenes From a Marriage and Claude Lelouche’s Un homme et une femme while making the film.’

Interesting fact Carter and Eckhart only had three days to learn 82 pages of dialogue on the film.

Conversations With Other Women opens at Cineworld Renfrew Street, Glasgow & Cineworld Fountainpark, Edinburgh, from Fri 18 May.

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