'It hurts not to have the maximum experience of my abilities': Adriana Llabrés
The Mexican actress Adriana Llabrés She was diagnosed in 2007 with otosclerosis, a calcification of the eardrum due to which she cannot hear some sound frequencies.
That is why the recent film in which she stars and in which she debuts as a film producer, All the silenceDiego del Río's debut feature, is more than personal to him.
With a script by Lucía Carreras, the film tells the story of Miriam, a HOPS woman (hearing daughter of deaf parents), the equivalent of CODA, in English, (Children of Deaf Adults), who, as a listener, becomes a kind of interpreter between the deaf and the hearing.
Miriam, in the morning, teaches sign language classes to listeners and, in the afternoon, she is an actress who rehearses the play of Seagull. However, she begins a process of hearing loss, which will change his world and his relationships, including the one he has with her partner, Lola, a character played by Ludwika Paleta.
Llabrés has been operated on twice and despite not having the same acoustic problem as her character, she found something very similar.
I don't listen the same way as people in general, which has also developed other skills in me. I pay a lot of attention to be able to understand and, when I had surgery as a child, for a time, I could hear very well.
Returning from London one summer, my mother was calling me from another part of the house and thought I was ignoring her until I told her that I hadn't heard her at all. We went back to the doctor, the otorhinolaryngologist, with whom it was very normal for me to do ear tests. They did an audiometry and it turned out that there are certain notes, like in the middle of the piano, that I need a higher volume to be able to hear, because they give me a tickling sensation on my eardrum. I don't receive the sound.
The doctor told me not to worry, to take care of myself, that I had to take some fluoride pills and take certain specific care. There were some things that I stopped doing, like taking fluoride, because it decalcifies other things, but I accepted what I have and that I have to take care of myself to have a more normalized life,” Llabrés expressed in an interview with Excelsior.
The protagonist of All the silencea film that will be presented on October 23 at the Morelia International Film Festivalstressed that he feels good about what he knows about his body and also about what he should not do.
For example, compared to other people, she cannot hold a conversation in the dark, because she needs to read her companion's lips.
Living in Florida, London and New York, he saw the need to improve his language and managed to develop an enormous capacity for communication.
I really got into phonetics, because my acoustic ability is not the same as that of others. He had to learn to make sounds based on how he looks and not how he hears. Likewise with singing, which is a lot of trusting and understanding my body by feeling when one is out of tune. Although I lead a very normal life, I have had to pay a lot of attention to many aspects of my life, to be able to communicate and express myself orally, trusting the ear that I have,” he explained.
The actress, who has been part of series such as Control Z, Narcos: Mexico, The King, Vicente Fernández and Overcome absencespecified that, like his character in All the silenceshe was also afraid at the doctor's initial news.
I was very scared when I spoke to the doctor and he explained to me what my ear was like and that I couldn't hear like everyone else. That made me very sad and I cried and thought: 'I'm not going to be able to be a musician', although it was not my intention, but because certain possibilities were cut off. It moves me, it hurts me, but that seed also makes me think that I could find a way to make it work for me.
Among the activities that you can carry out quite normally, although it requires extreme concentration, talking on the phone.
The pain of not having the maximum experience of my capabilities is something that I understand and transported to Miriam, in a more exaggerated way, because she is experiencing something stronger than me. And I do it not only because of my hearing, but because I know the grief of death, of the change of identity and relationships and I can understand Miriam in it. Even though I understand her more than a person who does not have a hearing problem, I do not feel that is what makes me able to represent her,” she said.
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In the film, Adriana shares loving and intimate scenes with Ludwika Paleta, which was complex for her, but whose preparation took the necessary care not only from the production and direction, but from her partner, who took care of her at all times.
I had some scenes with her that made me very nervous and there was a lot of restraint on her part. We were both nervous and when she saw that the nerves didn't go away, she stopped me. She is a companion with whom you feel safe, where there is unspoken communication. That happened. The camaraderie made our on-screen relationship very genuine and loving. Taking off your clothes on a set is not something I had done and although it seems easy, it is not,” said Llabrés.
WAS A PRODUCER
In her role as a producer, she pointed out that what she wants is to be able to give focus to theater people.
For about seven years, Luis Salinas and I wanted to make a film together, produce it. He made one of my favorite movies, The golden cage. I wanted to learn, I looked for him in 2013 to teach me how to produce. Then he went to see the play Tribes and that made our relationship closer. It was Luis who asked Lucía Carreras to write it. My participation as a producer was very underwater, to be able to maintain a certain distance,” he concluded.
JODIE FOSTER IS COMING
The American actress and film director Jodie Foster, winner of two Oscars for Best Actress, one in 1989 for her work in the film Accused and another in 1992 by The silence of the inocentswill be the special guest of the 21st Edition of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), in which she will receive, on October 26 in Room 5 of Cinépolis Morelia downtown, the UNAM Filmoteca Medal, a prize created in 1987 to recognize the trajectory and intervention in the world of cinematography.
With a career spanning 50 years, in which she worked with directors such as Martin Scorsese, Robert Zemeckis, Roman Polanski, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and David Fincher, Foster has also stood out as a director with films such as Home for the Holidays and MoneyMonster.
JESSICA CHASTAIN, ALSO PRESENT
On the other hand, the FICM will present the film Memoryby Michel Franco, starring Oscar winner Jessica Chastain and the winner of the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival, Peter Sarsgaard.
Memorywhich had its premiere in Venice, will be presented in Morelia on October 21 at the Mariano Matamoros Theater, at 8:30 p.m., in a Grand Gala, where its protagonists will be.
The film tells the story of a social worker and single mother (Jessica Chastain) who seeks to overcome her alcoholism and focuses on supporting her daughter without forgetting to excel at her job.
But all this changes when she meets her old schoolmates and is followed by a man (Peter Sarsgaard) who makes her go on a journey of considerable introspection into her past life.
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