“We're artists too, but we do a good job hiding it, don't we?”
Roberto Bolaño, "The Savage Detectives"
"She looked cute-mad and funny-sweet. She looked like she'd started somewhere and been mussed up along the way. She was a honey. She was sugar and pie. She was a bitch."
Jim Thompson, 'Nothing More Than Murder'
"A moment's reflection shows that any story drawn from life begins, for the storyteller, with its end. The story of Dick Whittington becomes that story when he has at last become the mayor of London. The story of Romeo and Juliet first begins as a story after they are dead. Most, if not all, stories begin with the death of the principal protagonist. It is in this sense that one can say that storytellers are Death's secretaries. It is death who hands them the file. The file is full of sheets of uniformly black paper but they have eyes for reading them and from this file they construct a story for the living. Here the question of invention, so much insisted upon by certain schools of modern critics and professors, becomes patently absurd. All that the storyteller needs or has is the capacity to read what is written in black…."
"We Death's secretaries all carry the same sense of duty, the same oblique shame (we have survived, the best have departed) and the same obscure pride which belongs to us personally no more than do the stories we tell."
"The viewer has to dig into the film and make an open interpretation of things. The kind of atmosphere – or the universe – created by the film uses illusionary elements to speak about a problem that is real, based on true stories, but it creates this possibility of talking about reality through the eyes of the viewer. The film becomes a prism that you can relate to in different ways, depending on your point of view. If you are from this culture you will relate to the film in a very different way than if you are from abroad. You are not supposed to understand all of it, but you can follow the emotional flow of the film and somehow grab your own story and go with it and somehow get a glimpse of a little picture of one story. A film can never represent reality. Which reality? The one that you see? The one that I see"