Alessandra Rosaldo and Jorge Xolalpa Jr. on Dealing with Death in MELANCOLiA [Exclusive Interview]

Alessandra Rosaldo in MELANCOLiA

Alessandra Rosaldo in MELANCOLiA

Alessandra Rosaldo has been seeking a leading role in an English-speaking film for quite some time. She found it in the emotional drama MELANCOLiA.

The film made its premiere recently at the Silicon Beach Film Festival this past weekend.

MELANCOLiA follows a hospice nurse (Alessandra Rosaldo) who takes care of terminally ill patients all while trying to move past the tragedy of having lost her daughter in a school shooting.

The film also stars Pultarco Haza and Laura Flores.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta had a conversation with actress Alessandra Rosaldo and director/writer Jorge Xolalpa Jr. on this emotional drama. We talked about getting into the headspace of the character, the emotional originations, and preparing for the role as a hospice nurse.

Alessandra Rosaldo is one of the most well-known television and film stars in Mexico, the United States, and Latin America. She starred in four hit television shows, including the series Ni Contigo Ni Sin Ti. Her film credits included Instructions Not Included, in which she starred alongside her husband Eugenio Derbez and then Pulling Strings with Jaime Camil. She co-starred in Ali LeRoi’s The Obituary of Tunde Johnson, which gained buzz at the Toronto Film Festival and recently sold to Netflix. Recently, she starred in the De Viaje Con Los Derbez, a reality series about family life for Amazon Price and Lionsgate’s Pantaya streaming services. As a musician, she sold over 10 million records as part of the pop duo Sentidos Opuestos.

Jorge Xolalpa Jr. started off as short films director and helmed the series The Secret Diaries of Jennyfer Marshall in 2013. In 2016, he directed his first feature film Blue Line Station that starred Summera Howell and Leo Ramsey and accomplished with only an iPhone 6 Plus and a budget of $100. The film made its way into 46 film festivals and on 2017’s Top 10 Film Shot On An iPhone Indiewire list. The following year, his sophomore feature film Valentine starred Victoria del Rosal, Estela Garcia, and Eduardo Roman, which shot entirely in Spanish and had a budget of $500. He reunited with Summera Howell, along with Julia Gallagher and Craig Robert for Sweet Caroline in 2018. In 2019, he directed Spanish-language Your Iron Lady with Victoria del Rosal that is currently making its way through the film festival circuit.

Watch the exclusive interview with actress Alessandra Rosaldo and director Jorge Xolalpa Jr. below. Let us know what you think of it.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Mighty Aphrodite Pictures

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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