Student Andres Zapata's Short Film to Screen at Cannes

Monday, May 02, 2016
TICO TIMES (SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA) -- Andrés Zapata, 23, is a Costa Rican film director living in San Francisco. His passion towards cinematography began when he first watched David Fincher’s “Fight Club,” and led him to study film and production at Santa Monica College and San Francisco State University. His 2015 short film “Father, Daughters and Sisters” deals with the topics of alcohol, sex and family relationships. The film featured an all-Costa Rican cast, and won the Campus MovieFest Jury Award. This month, the film will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Today, Zapata is working on a script for a narrative film about the shark-finning situation in Costa Rica, China and Taiwan. “Cinematography is a language, whether people see it that way or not,” Zapata says. “With film, you experience through sentences, but the sentences are made up of images. You don’t necessarily need dialogue to express yourself or for someone to realize what’s going on.”