Julio Quintana’s new film, The Vessel, chronicles the story of a small Latin American town a decade after the loss of almost 50 schoolchildren in a tsunami. Millennial writer Christopher White spoke with Quintana about his inspiration for the film and faith in an age of skepticism for Crux:
The film is also steeped with a message of the importance of community and the need for solidarity among peoples, particularly those who are suffering. These are certainly themes that Pope Francis, an Argentine, has preached with great frequency. In what ways is the setting of Latin America significant to this part of the narrative and the film’s message?
In the U.S., community solidarity is a concept that has been mostly lost in our modern culture, and one of the byproducts of our strong individualism is a sense of isolation and disconnection from other members of our community. I felt that setting The Vessel in a fictional Latin American town would help create a sense of community that was essential for the story.
To further emphasize the community bonds, we eliminated all modern distractions such as computers, cell phones, and television, which creates the sense that the characters are trapped in a sort of time capsule together. The goal is that this approach will illustrate a major theme of the film, which is that although we feel detached from each other, we are actually all connected in ways that we may not always perceive.
You can read the full interview here.