A life in lockdown
Alejandro Damiani's rip-roaring short, Made In China, tells the tale of a couple's jam-packed quarantine.
- Director Alejandro Damiani
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What did you do during lockdown? Learn a new language? Sort out the house? Barely survive the ravishes of a stir-crazy toddler?
Forced back home from LA (where he was working on a TV show for Disney) to his native Uruguay, Damiani's response to the change was to create a satirical short that somehow manages to combine Tinder dating, unexpected pregnancy, shotgun marriage and explosive birth in its short runtime.
“It is not a short film that tries to dig deep into the truth," comments Damiani, "but it plays with the irony of how we believe everything that the media or the government presents as real. The virus is real and we hope this pandemic ends soon. It was difficult to shoot at the start of the pandemic. We waited until Uruguay enabled shooting again and followed all the protocols to avoid any problems with transmission or infections due to the pandemic.
"It was a very small set. We did everything among friends. We rehearsed via Zoom to avoid unnecessary gatherings. That was really important to us. I think the only way we were able to do it was because we are a group of old friends that wanted to tell a story, something fun to alleviate the pandemic”.