Mateo Gil on His Latest Science Fiction Effort

Mateo Gil made a name for himself firstly as the writer of Alejandro Amenábar – he co-wrote such films as Thesis, Open Your Eyes (later remade by Cameron Crowe as Vanilla Sky) and The Sea Inside – but he has been directing his own feature length films for quite a while now.

His latest effort, Realive (aka Proyecto Lázaro), is in the science fiction genre and follows the story of a young man named Marc (played by Tom Hughes), who makes a very tough and unique decision once he learns that he has terminal cancer: to kill himself before dying due to the disease, and then freeze his body hoping that he can be resuscitated in the future (a process known as cryonics). Marc’s plan actually comes to fruition in 2084, though the film explores a completely imperfect scenario for the protagonist.

Since Realive opens in the United States on September 29 – and will be available on VOD and Digital HD on October 3 – I interviewed writer/director Mateo Gil. Check out our conversation below!

ScreenAnarchy: REALIVE is a film with many ideas. Which was the first one that you were interested in exploring?

Mateo Gil: The first idea of the story came to me when I was writing, many years ago, Open Your Eyes with Alejandro Amenábar. Cryonics appeared there and during the discussions I had I couldn’t stop wondering about the people’s interest in resuscitating persons from today in the future. That was one of the main questions.

The other one was: why resuscitating in a time when you don’t know anybody? You don’t have a job, you don’t have a function, your skills are antiquated, and you don’t have a family.

Aside of those questions, there’s much more behind the film. My own fear of dying or the desire to accept this life as it is. A lot of abstract things were my motor.

You wrote the script from the protagonist’s perspective. What was the most fascinating aspect while imagining the scenario of a man coming back from death?

When I was writing the script I wondered if a producer was going to accept making a film about a guy who dies and resuscitates in the future. But then I didn’t care about that because I really wanted to make that journey. The most impressive aspect of the journey is obviously dying, the way he dies in order to be resuscitated in the…

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