Toronto Video Interview: Producer/Mentor Guillermo del Toro
by Alex Billington
September 21, 2010
One of my favorite filmmakers is Guillermo del Toro, I've loved him for years, and I've been waiting talk with him for years as well. I'm sure I don't need to explain why he's so great, as most of you guys love him, too. I was offered an interview with del Toro at the Toronto Film Festival last week as he was in town in support of the Spanish horror/thriller Julia's Eyes (check out a trailer), which he produced. I decided to interview him, but wanted to focus more on his mentoring of younger filmmakers, like Guillem Morales of Julia's Eyes and Juan Antonio Bayona of The Orphanage, so my focus is that topic, but we still cover a lot.
Watch my interview from Toronto with Julia's Eyes producer Guillermo del Toro:
Julia's Eyes is written/directed by Guillem Morales (his interview is coming later this week) and stars Belén Rueda (also of The Orphanage) - you can see them with del Toro in the photo above. The film is a incredibly well-done thriller about a woman with a degenerative illness that causes her to go blind, but she is menaced by a creepy villain. There's a lot more to it than that and there are some brilliant visual moments in it, which I discussed briefly with del Toro (it's a bit vague because I don't want to ruin that part of the movie). I have another interview with Guillem that is coming soon, but I hope you enjoyed watching my chat with del Toro.
Julia's Eyes doesn't have a US distributor yet, but it premiered at TIFF to fairly good reviews. Stay tuned!
I love Del Toro too but it's high time since he has directed anything... I mean what was his last directorial product... Hell Boy 2. For Cinema's Sake, make something... if Hobbit turned bastard, fuck it. I hope this Mountains Of Madness hits the floor soon.
Singh on Sep 21, 2010
Viva Mexico and viva del Toro! I have always been a fan of del Toro. No matter what he's directed last or what project he's yet to helm, his flicks are always well worth the wait. 🙂
Spider on Sep 21, 2010
del Toro ftw
silver on Sep 21, 2010
Gee, he didn't place Peter Jackson in the 'no-holes-barred' category with Spielberg and Cameron. I guess he's not quite up there after Lovely Bones, but I wonder if there's resentment.
cineman on Sep 21, 2010
Awesome interview Alex and great questions. I love when you're able to get a TON of material and information from filmmakers who really enjoy making films. Del Toro is a brilliant man and the level of depth to which he answered you questions makes me like him that much more. Great job, and fantastic TIFF coverage...again, you make me jealous:P
Marc on Sep 22, 2010
Fantastic interview, Alex. Tops. You can't help but get engaged when del Toro is speaking. This guy is an auteur, no question. First rate.
Somnambulist on Sep 22, 2010
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