Michel Hazanavicius and Bérénice Béjo at the A room under the stars festival in Nîmes: “With The artist, we were carried by a wave of love”

Michel Hazanavicius and Bérénice Béjo at the A room under the stars festival in Nîmes: “With The artist, we were carried by a wave of love”

La comédienne Bérénice Béjo et le réalisateur Michel Hazanavicius.

Le réalisateur Michel Hazanavicius et la comédienne Bérénice Béjo ouvrent ce mercredi soir la quatrième édition du festival Une salle sous les étoiles qui a pour thème cette année "Ça tourne !"

Clap ! Let's go for a week of cinema in the open air at the Vauban faculty. This Friday, director Michel Hazanavicius and actress Bérénice Béjo opened the Une salle sous lesétoiles festival with the film The Artist. "A candy", recognizes the actress. This international success "was a great moment, we were carried by a wave of love", remembers Michel Hazanavicius, even if, as Bérénice Béjo confides, the couple doesn't really know how to clean the Oscar!

Artists spend the summer in the region. Michel Hazanavicius knows Grégoire Sivan, editor and creator of the festival, well. They work in Paris in the same neighborhood. "He's very nice, very cool, when he offered me the invitation, I screamed with joy"< /em>, laughs the director whose work fits perfectly with the theme of the festival "It’s turning!".

Cinema is at the heart of Michel Hazanavicius's cinema, not only when it comes to filming stories. “The language of cinema interests me. It allows me to work on the content and the form, what I tell and the material I tell it”, explains the director, who will present for the festival Cut!, a film shot immediately after the health crisis, with Bérénice Béjo who was not initially planned for the cast. She read the script, howling with laughter, while her partner was ill and joined the shoot at the last minute.

Films about cinema

The festival will also be an opportunity to preview Michel Hazanavicius' new project, the animated film The Most Precious of Goods, which was acclaimed at the last Cannes Film Festival. The film tells the story of a little girl during the war, who escapes the Holocaust. "We think of humanity with its marvelous and terrible aspects", explains Bérénice Béjo.

The director has been drawing since he was 10 years old, he took charge of the artistic direction of this long-term project which is coming to the screens after five years of work . "It’is another profession that we had to learn", explains the director.

The screening in Nîmes will inevitably be accompanied by a particular emotion. Beyond the tragic story that the film tells, it is also the last project of Jean-Louis Trintignant, who died two years ago in Collias. "A wonderful encounter, remembers Michel Hazanavicius. The most beautiful voice of French cinema."

All the festival program

Saturday July 6, 4 p.m.: Cut!, Semaphore. 7 p.m.: presentation of Cie Tac tac animation workshop. 8 p.m.: Ussle Comedy Club. 10 p.m.: The American Class, by Michel Hazanavicius, Fort Vauban.

Sunday July 7, 2 p.m.: The most precious of goods, by Michel Hazanavicius, at Sémaphore. 8 p.m.: La Route, Cie Anonima teatro. 10 p.m.: animated short films from the Meknes festival, at Fort Vauban.

Monday July 8, 8 p.m.: show Mythologies, Cie Papier Machins . 10 p.m.: Cinema Paradiso, by Giuseppe Tornatore, at Fort Vauban.

Tuesday July 9, 8 p.m.: Entropie concert. 10 p.m.: Be nice rewind, by Michel Gondry, at Fort Vauban.

Wednesday July 10, 8 p.m.: show Don't eat the microphone. 10 p.m.: Lalaland, karaoke version, by Damien Chazelle, at Fort Vauban.

Thursday July 11, 8 p.m.: Social Dance concert. 10 p.m.: The City of Fear, by Alain Berberian, at Fort Vauban.

Friday July 12, 8 p.m.: Not Scientists concert. 10 p.m.: Once upon a time in Hollywood, by Quentin Tarantino, at Fort Vauban.

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