Morelia, Michoacán. For Damien Chazelle, “The first man on the Moon” is a film that seeks to show the private and unknown side of the American Neil Armstrong, a man who became an astronaut eight years of facing a great loss.
In a lecture prior to the opening of the 16th edition of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), the renowned filmmaker shared that the main intention of this film is to present to the viewer situations that had not seen and unknown about this man.
According to the Oscar winner for “La La Land: A Love Story”, an interesting point of the script was to think about the person who is still in a duel and that was what dictated the shooting.
We are convinced to present Neil as a human being and that we believe is the most effective way to pay tribute to his sacrifices, to everything he did to achieve his triumph, “said Chazelle, who assured that this tape was cooking before” La The Land “.
“Honestly I did not feel like doing something biographical and I did not know much about him; It seemed a bit boring. The producers gave me the book (First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, by James R. Hansen) and several documentaries, but even after a month I took them and started to see and read them, then changed my idea about him and his story, “he recalled.
Getting exposed the emotions of Neil Armstrong represented a great challenge and that is not only to represent his grieving process but also how a man is living his life so close to death.
It was something very intense because we had to narrate how he lived a high and glorious moment at the same time. It’s a success story and what a price he had to pay to become the first man on the Moon and that was the idea I sold to Josh Singer (screenwriter): How heroic were those people and their families, “said the filmmaker, who This afternoon he will premiere his most recent film in Mexico.
In his opportunity, Josh Singer maintained that from the beginning he was impressed by the success story of Neil Armstrong, “because it has to do with loss and failure. That is, to achieve some satisfaction you have to give something in return, “he noted.
Among anecdotes about the approaches he had with the real characters, Singer pointed out that there was a deep investigation behind this project: “Once I had mastered the technical part, I began to get closer to the family.”
In his opinion, the biggest challenge was talking about a man who jealously guarded his grief and maintained a great distance with his family. Even that, he said, was more challenging than understanding physics.
Regarding the circle of friendship that existed between the families, he pointed out that it was important that the spectators understood that a loss was very significant among them, as the ties between the astronauts and the families were very close.
Starring Ryan Gosling, “The First Man on the Moon” is a film based on the life experience of American astronaut Neil Armstrong and was filmed in a documentary style, mixing private details of Armstrong’s life and the dangers of space missions.