Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez, accompanied by the directors of the FICM, presented the film The Girl on the Train (2016), directed by Tate Taylor and based on the novel written by Paula Hawkins.
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The president of the Morelia International Film Festival, Alejandro Ramirez, thanked Edgar Ramirez for being able to count with his presence once again; meanwhile, the director of FICM, Daniela Michel thanked Universal Pictures for bringing the film to Morelia.
Edgar Ramirez on The Girl on the Train
“This film is tough. It reminds me of the ones my parents didn’t let me see and then I saw secretly, like Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction or Unfaithful. It is a film of broken characters, full of contradictions. Like all human beings, we have obsessions and guilt that we want to leave behind and that’s what the film is about. It is the first time it screens in Latin America and it’s here at the Morelia International Film Festival,” he concluded.
After the show, the actor appeared before the public to answer comments and questions about the movie:
Edgar Ramirez on violence against women in The Girl on the Train
“Violence against women is something that Mexico has been dealing for many decades, but this happens all over the world. My character is the only one that is not misogynistic and is not an abuser of women. For me, it was a great relief when I realized that my character, even when crossing ethical lines -who hasn’t?- doesn’t take part in the violence against women”.
Edgar Ramírez on Tate Taylor’s sensibility towards women
“Tate Taylor, is both a director and an actor and knows how to bring actors to places he needs. He has a nonjudgmental view of others and understands the world of women very well. Tate is like the American Almodóvar; he understands the female universe very well. For a film produced in Hollywood, it is quite subversive, especially when there are female characters who are not submissive. It is a brave film in the context that was made.”
On his experience with women on film
“I’ve been lucky to work with very brave women. I have never felt threatened by strong women; I like being around them, I think that’s also why I have been involved in campaigns advocating for women and I like to see strong characters on the screen. The limitations and oppression they have been subjected to for centuries are precisely what makes their universe so complex, their effort to overturn all the impositions of a patriarchal and sexist mandate. Cinema is an interesting platform to appreciate that complexity”.