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Bernardo Villela

Bernardo Villela is a writer, director, editor and film enthusiast who seeks to expand your movie-watching options in Wilmington. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions feel free to write him at: [email protected]

The Turin Horse

A rural farmer is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse.

Meek’s Cutoff

Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions.

Win Win

A struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach's chicanery comes back to haunt him when the teenage grandson of the client he's double-crossed comes into his life.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

On his deathbed, Uncle Boonmee, recalls his many past lives.

Truffaut v. Hitchcock v. Villela – Part 5 Epilogue

Epilogue: Paris, 1982 In 1982 Francois invited me to view a rough cut of Vivement Dimanche! We then went to see The Trouble with Harry and I tried to explain to him why it was funny. Later, sitting at a café over a bottle of German Riesling we got to talking about Hitchcock again: B.V.: […]

Truffaut v. Hitchcock v. Villela – Part 4

I then sought to get a few pointers on my favorite aspect of filmmaking: B.V.: The screenplay is your favorite part of the production. What thoughts do you have about screenwriting? A.H.: For me the film is 90 percent finished with the screenplay. I’d prefer to not have to shoot it. You conceive a film […]

Truffaut v. Hitchcock v. Villela – Part 3

When we began discussing Stage Fright Hitch asked: A.H. Why is it we can’t tell a lie in a flashback? (189). Francois had no answer, but I speculated. B.V.: Well the nature of a flashback is slippery to begin with. When we’re taking an audience back in time it is implied that necessary information is […]

Truffaut v. Hitchcock v. Villela – Part 2

B.V.: Whether or not you were misquoted people believe you once said “Actors are cattle.” Can you tell me what you feel an actor’s role is? A.H.: When a film is properly staged, it isn’t necessary to rely upon the player’s virtuosity or personality for tension and dramatic effects. […] He should be willing to […]

Truffaut v. Hitchcock v. Villela – Part 1

This article is a partially fictitious account wherein I imagine myself in conversation with two of the greatest minds in cinema: Truffaut and Hitchcock. This work was inspired by the series of interviews the two conducted which was later turned into a book. The quotes from the two are real though the context isn’t always. […]

Life During Wartime

Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in a war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos.


A young drug dealer watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin's murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime.

The Kids Are All Right

Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their father into their family life.