“ This is a city for which I have great affection. My parents still live there. There landscapes here that are very unique and I like meet and revisit from film to film. “That’s what we confided Arnaud Desplechin last summer as he turned his latest film in Roubaix , the city of his childhood and adolescence. With nostalgia, he described places that had retained all their cachet. Roubaix was “ as a movie studio ” to the director: “ It’s easy to imagine new stories there .”
While his film Three memories of my youth is completed and is presented out of competition at Cannes, the filmmaker talks about Roubaix five pages in the bimonthly Society published Friday. The interview is announced in one with this teaser: “ For Roubaix, I lived in apartheid state .” This is anything but a truncated excerpt from the interview: Arnaud Desplechin s’ length on the Roubaix his youth that the 1970s is discussed when the journalist Society notes that in his film, the Arabs are not invited to the party organized by the small white .
“This world terrified me”
“ When Valls spoke of apartheid, it was strange. Because it’s something I think also that I have lived in apartheid state. And I was not proud, you see , “said Desplechin. He says in his high school -he went through Baudelaire – “ there was the court with the Algerians and the court with whites .” And if living in Roubaix was “ a great experience ” as the city is “ Cosmopolitan “, he regrets for staying in the middle white, bourgeois and Catholic.
Arnaud Desplechin then spoke of his guilt, as a director, of failing to appoint a Maghrebian a role other than that of the dealer. But he justifies: “ Me, this is what I experienced. In Roubaix, it was like that: the North Africans selling drugs, went to jail. I have no moral judgment on that, that’s what society gave them to the distribution of tasks. Shit, you have to sell it, since everyone smokes (except him, as he further explained, Ed). “
The director still talking about blacks or Arabs high school classmates who crânaient their release from prison. “ It was a world that terrified me. ” Not sure that all Roubaisiens appreciate the interview. To make his film, Arnaud Desplechin had received support from Pictanovo, the film support structure of the regional council. As High Head that earned a bad pub Dunkirk from Catherine Deneuve.