He does these very naturalistic small films, reminiscent of early Truffaut, and I feel I come more out of that tradition than out of the American cinema. Skyline is a mirror-image of my new film, Barcelona, in that it's about the plight of a confused Spaniard in New York, while Barcelona is about confused Americans in Spain.
There's a scene in it that I particularly love. Fernando had decided to use a pop-flamenco recording artist for the soundtrack to express the point of view of the main character (above), a Spanish photographer trying to make it in New York. There were a couple of pieces I didn't really care for, but one was very beautiful, and he used it in a scene where the character is at a romantic and professional low point, wandering round the city feeling lonely. This music is playing and it's very evocative; a wonderful interlude in the film.
Fernando makes comedies similar to mine - there's a lot of light humour, a lot of talk, a lot of social scenes. And I think it's nice in films of that kind, which are otherwise conversational, to have a bit of time when people aren't talking and the audience can react emotionally to the images.
Whit Stillman is the director of `Metropolitan'. His new film, `Barcelona', is on releaseReuse content