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Tilda Swinton Embraces Her Real Housewife in Julio Torres' 'Problemista' – Monomaxos

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Tilda Swinton Embraces Her Real Housewife in Julio Torres' 'Problemista'

 – Monomaxos

There are terrible bosses, and then there is Elizabeth, the role Oscar winner Tilda Swinton plays in A24 Problemista. Elizabeth, a New York art critic with a temperament as fiery as her sharply combed hair, hires Alejandro (Julio Torres, (who also wrote and directed the film), an aspiring toy designer from El Salvador who hopes she will sponsor his work visa. Over the course of the film, produced by the two-time Oscar winner Emma Stone, Torres explores the dangers of working for an uncompromising, sometimes completely nonsensical boss and navigating an even more nonsensical visa application process.

Torres drew on his own experiences to create the film, comparing the visa process to being trapped in a locked room. “I think dealing with all the bureaucracy is a bit like that,” he says. “When you talk to an insurance company or an airline or banks, it all feels broken and what you want is just out of reach.”

Naming Swinton as his boss was also a deeply personal decision. At Torres' old Tumblr pagethere is a now defunct link to another website called Tilda Swinton Jokes. His 2019 HBO comedy special states: My favorite shapes, Torres thought about what Swinton's apartment might look like, imagining a giant hourglass that would tell guests when it was time to leave.

Of course, the feeling was incredibly mutual. “He is like a god in our house. My children and I love it Go Espookys “Special,” Swinton says over Zoom, mentioning Torres’ wonderfully strange HBO series. “And of course he is very precise. His idea of ​​where I live is spot on.”

Despite their mutual adoration, Swinton initially had reservations about playing Alejandro's FileMaker Pro-obsessed boss. “I loved Elizabeth, but I thought I'd tell him he could do it better than me,” she says. “He needs an American, a real American.” But Torres quickly disabused her of the idea that an entitled, Karen-like character necessarily had to be American. “Then the whole thing just blossomed in my head,” Swinton continues. “And I said, 'Okay, that means she's an immigrant too.' That means everything.“

Vanity Fair: Almost a year has passed since then Problemista Premiering at South by Southwest. What's it like to see it a year later?

Tilda Swinton: I haven't seen it since South by Southwest. But how many screenings have you had, Julio? Not many?

Julio Torres: I went to another screening in Provincetown over the summer and saw the film there, and after seeing it there I swore to myself that I would never see this film again.

Swinton: It was too early.

Torres: Yes. And I'm glad that many months have passed and I saw it last night.

Swinton: I had such a great experience watching it after a year. To be honest, things have gotten better. Whether it's because the world is just so much shittier now than it was last year – I don't know. It's like going to the optician and he puts another lens in your eye and you say: “Ooh, I can really see it.” It has a spiciness to it that I don't think it had this time last year.

Torres: A few people who also saw it a year ago said, “It's changed a lot in the Southwest.”

Swinton: I know. Is not It Funny? That was not the case. The world has changed.

Tilda, what about? Problemista Were you interested in the project? When did you sign up and how did you get involved?

Swinton: Him. It's all about him and it's always with me. It's always the people. I'm not a real professional who has a skill that I want to protect. I'm not an actor interested in acting and that's why I look for roles that are “good to act”. From the very beginning it has always been about people – about working with people. It's just me. It's my drug of choice and I'm so incredibly grateful that I can continue to meet people I adore, like Julio.

I have to say, Elizabeth touched me very much.

Swinton: You're not alone. We thought we would do something really unique. Can you tell us something about your Elizabeth?

There were so many. I was a tutor on the Upper East Side.

Torres: Oh no.

Swinton: You are a masochist. How could you do this to yourself?

I don't know it. If you said something that wasn't what they wanted to hear, then you “yelled” at them. That recurring part with Elizabeth was so accurate.

Swinton: You exist, and that's just not really acceptable. I can imagine that they feel so criticized by you for not tutoring their own children – they are bad parents for needing you in the first place. So you get a bruise with every breath. The fact that you even have a body, you are a form, you are in their eyeline. You're getting on their nerves so much.

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