- Christian Vázquez is nominated for the Ariel Award 2021 for his participation in the feature film “I Carry You with Me.”
- The film was selected by the Sundance Film Festival 2020, recipient of the awards: “Best Film” and “Audience Award.”
- Christian Vázquez speaks exclusively for Mundo Hispánico.
Christian Vázquez feature film. The Mexican actor Christian Vázquez has been nominated by the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences (AMACC), for the Ariel 2021 award within the short list ‘Male Co-Acting’, for his participation in the feature film “I Carry You with Me” by renowned director Heidi Ewing.
“I Carry You with Me”, a co-production between Mexico and USA, was part of the 2020 selection of the Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded the awards: “Best Film” and “Audience Award”, and the TriBeCa Film Festival; It recently received two more nominations for the Ariel 2021 award in the categories ‘Best Actor’ (Armando Espitia) and ‘Female Coactuation’ (Michelle Rodríguez).
Christian Vázquez speaks exclusively of I Carry You with Me
The film introduces us to a young aspiring chef who works hard in a restaurant with the desire to have a better place in the local kitchen; her work helps her support the mother of her young son. One day he meets Gerardo (Christian Vázquez), an openly gay teacher. The relationship between the two does not need any effort, since chemistry is undeniable, but in a society like the one in which they live it is unacceptable. Iván crosses the border to realize the very famous American dream and to be an expert in the gastronomic field with the promise of returning soon with his son and Gerardo, the love of his life.
Christian Vázquez is currently recording in Colombia the third season of the television series “De Brutas Nada”, a co-production between Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television, in which he shares credits with Tessa Ia, José Pablo Minor, Carolina Ramírez and Marimar Vega. Now the Mexican speaks exclusively to Hispanic World of this new project that led him to success.
Christian Vázquez feature film: Tell us what it was like to participate in I Carry You with Me?
“We shot the movie in 2018 and in 2019 we were talking to Heidi, they gave us the news that she had been nominated for the Sundance festival. We went in late January 2020 before this whole pandemic world. We went for me, it was the Premier, I hadn’t seen anything ”.
I was very nervous, that night was magical, because there we realized what the film itself was and how it connects with the public. After the following days of the festival pass we ran with the news and with the luck that we were winners, SONY bought the film, many people approached us it was like a snowball in favor ”.
Christian Vázquez feature film: What do you think of all this migration situation that many Hispanics face and that is touched on in the film?
“This film gives a voice to all these Latino people who live under these migrant circumstances in the United States or like any other country in the world. This film does a lot of justice to that, because it is not that they are bad, there are no villains on the contrary, they are people who left everything behind to be able to pursue a dream, all the sacrifice that it implies “.
“It also encompasses a lot of self-love, one’s partner, one’s family, one has to leave it behind, is to risk everything for everything, is to be born again. What I mean is to bet your marbles everything for everything, it is to arrive in a country where you have everything against you. At one point when I read the script, the word migrant represented these things for me, I still didn’t know much about it ”.
Christian Vázquez feature film: Theme of migration
“Now the word for me is the equivalent of the superhero, as are these anonymous heroes, who are leaving everything behind for a better life personally and for their own. In the movie it is like giving voice to those anonymous superheroes, they are not alone. In the film there is a problem one of the characters cannot see his son ”.
“Hopefully with this film tomorrow they can touch their hearts and that the cinema will be that tool of saying, you have to have a little more awareness. Sadly, it is a latent problem. The issue of migration is reflected in the best way, but in that sense these types of people have to be considered in the best way ”.
Christian Vázquez feature film: “There are no good guys or bad guys”
“As an actor, when I read the script, it was ‘I want to do this story’ because it is a tribute to these characters. It is a tribute in his own life to tell him ‘this is your life and this is for you’. The truth is that it inspired me a lot, I have seen the film about three times, I come out crying and it touches me because I believe that this is what human beings are made of ”.
“There are no good or bad in the sense that ‘I have come representing a dream to help me, my partner and my family.’ As an actor, it is very nice that through their dreams they are managing to fulfill mine, I had not been nominated and now I am for this film ”.
Christian Vázquez feature film: How was the casting, did you feel confident?
“No, I think the actor is very vulnerable in that sense, tomorrow when I don’t get nervous when doing a casting, or the same day I’m on a recording set and don’t get nervous I think I’m going to dedicate myself to something else. Those nerves also take you out of a comfort zone and I live in the now. I think the actor has a lot of that, he has to be in the moment.
As I felt at this casting, I was very nervous. I prepared 7 scenes with a casting director from Mexico, which is very important, they were the ones who called me at the time, I couldn’t do casting. They called me twice, the first time I couldn’t because I was doing my project where I had a beard, it was all the contrast of what they were looking for for that character.
“I continue with the recordings and the day after I finish I tell him to shave and they tell me ‘come on please, prepare these 7 scenes’, I really have no preparation for the casting, but there I go all nervous I do my scenes and I go. It is no longer in my hands, which is not for one, even if you take off, even if you put it on ”.
“That law of life and that way of thinking has helped me a lot, because I can’t stay in all the castings I do, sometimes it doesn’t matter how well you did it or how badly, sometimes it wasn’t for you, period. . Life guides you by what you most need at the moment and not by what you want the most ”. Filed Under: Christian Vázquez Feature Film.
The big news
“If I felt very nervous and the director told me ‘relax, tell me about yourself’ and we started an interview for about an hour and that helped a lot because one works with that vulnerability. Because you are there willing to open your heart. We started doing improvisational exercises to connect, break the ice ”.
“Also as an actor you have that fang, you realize if the thing is flowing and I saw it very excited, and I said that it broke with that. When we got to the process of the scenes I was still nervous, but that helped me a lot because everything flowed in an incredible way. I’m done, I’m leaving, 15 minutes pass, the director tells me ‘hey, where are you going?’, I’m still here and it was at lunch that she gave me the news, she said, ‘you stayed.’ Filed Under: Christian Vázquez Feature Film.
How was your adolescence?
“It was very funny, it was good with everything, today I can see that contrast today, there are iPads before, there were marbles, I flew kites, I had a club of friends, there were no cell phones, it was more earthly, more of contact, everything it was more real. That is how I see it I begin to grow, at school I was very curious, all the time I questioned things, I observed the people that interested me ”.
“When I started in the acting world it was by accident, because I knitted and I changed because they bullied me. Beyond the fact that the theater will attract my attention, it was that I saw the teacher and I looked for him, I told him ‘I want to belong to this workshop’. At first it was because I did not want them to continue bullying. The teacher spent his time traveling that ‘I want to do something that takes me to travel all over the world’, in the casting I never happened ”. Filed Under: Christian Vázquez Feature Film.
“My childhood was working very young in a store, in hotels, as that also forged a responsibility for me and also to realize that what I wanted at the time had a price. I forged a lot the character of responsibility that things cost and you have to value them ”.
“Both the knowledge and feeding the soul everything was perfect, but cultivating oneself, nurturing in every way. Being very curious from a very young age led me to this and made me imagine many things. In this life nothing is by chance, one is causing this type of thing and today I can tell you that I am already reaping that harvest that I sowed at that time ”. Filed Under: Christian Vázquez Feature Film.