Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Cannes, pork pie, fight … 10 things to know about Jacques Audiard – The Obs

“Rust and Bone”, “Read My Lips”, “A Prophet” … In 21 years, he made seven films, all shown in major festivals and applauded by the public. With “Dheepan”, released in cinemas Wednesday, August 26, is the consecration and the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Here are 10 things to know about Jacques Audiard.

1 Early

The son of Michel Audiard, born April 30, 1952 , first wanted to teach. But cinema has snapped. Student in philosophy and modern literature, he became assistant editor, notably on “the Tenant”, Roman Polanski, before writing for the theater and for film, signing the screenplay for several films, including adaptation, with his father, the novel by Marc Behm “Deadly hike”, directed by Claude Miller (1983).

2 Look

Obviously, the question does not leave indifferent. Then he heals on: the silk scarf and, even more, the headgear are accessories. Most often a model pork pie , hat hardly leaves: on stage at Cannes, he held the hand

 The May 24, 2015, Jacques Audiard gets the Golden Palm in the company of actors of” Dheepan “ Kalieaswari Srinivasan (l.) and Jesuthasan Antonythasan.
(Lionel Cironneau / AFP)

3 Competition

almost twenty years, he has directed seven films, all shown in major festivals or in Berlin (“Read My Lips”, 2001 and “The Beat My heart stopped,” 2005), is in Cannes. “See How They Fall” (1994), his directorial debut, was screened at the Critics’ Week. “Rust and Bone” is the only one of his films that participated in the competition which has not been awarded by the jury.

4 Entourage

Audiard is a faithful. Caucheteux (Why Not) is its producer for “The Beat My heart stopped.” Thomas Bidegain wrote with him the scenarios of “A Prophet,” “Rust and Bone” and “Dheepan” (with Noé Debré). Marie-Christine Damiens is the press officer of all his films since “Read My Lips”.

5 Title

While in amending article, entitled “A Prophet” really did not suit him, but he did not find better. It was the same for “A Self-Made Hero,” Best Screenplay at Cannes in 1996, which reproduced the title of the book by Jean-François Deniau, of which he was the adaptation:

The viewers wondered when the character became a hero “

In the same vein,” Dheepan “is a title track

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6 Shape

I have never understood, cinema and literature, one can distinguish the shape of the bottom. The language did not give Proust other tool that he used. We have no choice, facing a subject, the question does not arise of whether I can film it in pink or blue. This absurdly want to distinguish subject and style also reflects the abandonment of critical discourse: the presentation of films is increasingly éditorialisée, sociétalisée “

7 Recognition

As soon as one evokes the French cinema in a foreign filmmaker, his name is required. And since “Read My Lips”: his colleagues consider him a master

In France, it’s a little different. Critique love his films, that achieve enviable scores in the rooms and accumulate rewards, which inevitably feeds a certain jealousy.

8 References

“Dheepan,” he says he thought with “Straw Dogs” Sam Peckinpah. “The Beat That My Heart Skipped” is the remake of “Melody for a killer” by James Toback. “A Prophet” refers to American prison movies.

["Rust and Bone" is the] derived from a film, American comedy years 1930, isolated films like ‘The Night of the Hunter’ or ‘The Impostor’ Edmund Goulding, fantastic films Tod Browning or Jacques Tourneur, who do not only belong to a genre, but the same form, in the register of terror for example, is used to express a convulsive state of society. “

9 Baston

In his films, fights impress Some will lament excess testosterone He explains:..

The two things that I think are the most difficult to shoot are love and violence, whose representation has always something wrong. “

10 Antistars

Interpreters of” A Prophet “, unknown to most, he said: “In addition, they are beautiful like trucks, and it has also, that, at the movies!” Actors “Dheepan” Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan and Claudine Vinasithamby, it certainly looks like the same thing.

Pascal Mérigeau

Article published in “L’Observateur” of May 28, 2015.


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