In the film Problemista, Tilda Swinton played the eccentric art critic who drags the immigrant toy designer Alejandro, played by writer and director Julio Torres, around to archive and catalog her late husband’s artwork, played by RZA.

In an exclusive interview with uInterview at the South by Southwest festival, Torres revealed his favorite memory from the project.


“I feel like I’m working on this project right now so I don’t know,” he said. “I mean, yeah, getting to make something with friends and people I love and people that I really enjoy and people that I respect – this sort of like celebratory mode that this movie was made in.”

When asked what a ‘Problemista’ is, Torres explained, “I think it’s someone who likes chaos and is attracted to chaos and problems and makes art out of problems.”

Torres also recalled the most difficult scenes for him to shoot.

“You know, I’m a baby, so any exterior scene in the winter is brutal for me because I got really cold,” he laughed. “That’s such a lame answer but I was like, ‘oh yeah, I’m not writing exterior things if it’s in the winter again.'”

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