Open Windows


Open Windows (Spagna, USA, 2014, 100′)
di Nacho Vigalondo
con Sasha Grey, Elijah Wood

Nick’s a lucky guy. Jill Goddard, the hottest actress on earth is promoting her latest movie and he won the main prize in an online contest: a dinner with Jill. But then he gets a call, some guy named Chord explains that dinner has been cancelled. And it’s Jill’s fault: she’s a high maintenance diva, and everybody hates her guts. Chord says he can make up for it, offering Nick the tools to spy on Jill from his computer for the rest of the night, in a way that no fan could dare dream of. The terrible truth begins to reveal itself. It looks like Chord has set up the whole situation, with Nick playing a part in a much bigger plan.
“Some years ago my producers asked me to come up with a movie in which social networks and the language of the Internet would feature heavily. I made a counter-proposal: taking the concept to its limit by writing a film that took place entirely on the desktop of a computer, pushing the envelope of the production to make it a really unique adventure. And it’s been quite a ride – writing, directing and postproduction – a process that, at certain points, we had to make up as we went along… I’m fully aware that when it was still nothing but a screenplay, the film was a complete mystery. With that in mind I couldn’t be more grateful to Elijah, Sasha and Neil for agreeing to incarnate the “triangular protagonist”. Beyond any formal craziness, beyond the multiplicity of windows, the real time aspect and the multiple plot twists, it was absolutely necessary that the three actors give themselves over to create something that from
a distance would be fully recognizable (hero, victim, masked menace), but when looked at more closely, would reveal itself as something new – even subversive.
– Nacho Vigalondo