How would you specify your work? What characterizes your film?
It is an intimate film at a blistering pace due to the urgency of the decision-making process. The film centers on the past, present and future.
Why did you decided to become a filmmaker?
I have been writing since I was a little girl. I used to keep a diary that I carried with me everywhere, in which I romanticized every experience I had.
When I used to walk my father to work, I would sit in a corner for hours and write down everything I saw, the people who walked by, their behaviour, trying to figure out what their lives were like. This need for writing came up again two years ago and lead me to create my own project.
Who is your role model?
It is not possible for me to mention one single figure. Many people inspire me, whether it is in literature, painting or music... If you're inspired and nourished as an artist, it will transpire in your work. Louis de Funès is the main figure that made me want to do this job. As a child, I used to spend all my summers at my grandparents', and my grandfather had a whole shelf of films by De Funès, Bourvil and Fernandel, in particular. In the evening, we would watch them together as a family, like a ritual. These are wonderful memories. I was amazed by the intensity, the energy and generosity of De Funès' acting and while watching "Le Grand Restaurant" I remember telling myself that if this job existed, it was the most beautiful in the world.
Which movies are your favorites? Why?
My first cinematographic revelation, if I may say so, was Stephen Daldry's movie "Billy Elliot". It is still one of my favourite films, and I consider it to be a masterpiece. It's a film filled with hope in which a young boy escapes from his social condition through dance. It is moving, funny, well-written, greatly directed, with a superb cast and both a social and philosophical background.
I can also mention Jean-Paul Rappeneau's "Cyrano de Bergerac" which is a masterful screen adaptation of Edmond Rostand's theater play. The original dialogue written in verse was preserved. Besides, Gérard Depardieu's interpretation of Cyrano is breathtaking. It is a dazzling and poetic film with rich dialogues, brilliant actors, an excellent film direction and magnificent sets and costumes.
I could also add "The Bridges of Madison County" by Clint Eastwood which is simply the most beautiful romance film I have ever seen.
Where do you look for inspiration for your films?
I find inspiration through different ways. This involves personal experiences, readings, encounters... if they move me deeply, I find myself willing to tell them. It's like love at first sight.
Which topics interest you the most?
Life paths, human relationships.
What do you consider your greatest achievement in your career?
The freedom to make my own choices and follow through with my projects.
What do you consider most important about filming?
Trust in your team. You can have a low budget, unforeseen events, difficult shooting conditions, but if the relationship with each member of the team is solid and the desire is shared, you can face anything. Everyone will invest oneself fully and give its best to bring the project to a successful outcome. Choosing the right partners for the job is therefore essential.
Which film technique of shooting do you consider the best?
I think that you must be prepared well beforehand so that things can go as smoothly as possible when you start shooting. Planning is of utmost importance. You also need to communicate well with the team as well as find a balance between what you want to accomplish and the freedom given to the people you work with.
How would you rate/What is your opinion about current filmmaking?
I am confident and optimistic because there is a lot of talent out there, waiting to develop new ideas. Moreover, I think that we are coming to the end of a period and I am sure that new cinematographic styles will soon emerge. The only remaining barrier is finances, and this new generation should be given the means to express themselves.
What can disappoint you in a movie?
Mainly the script or poor acting.
Who supports you in your film career?
My family, even if it was not so easy at the beginning. Today they are by my side. I am also lucky to have close friends who are always there for me.