Jeanne Labrune a dreamer (OIFF)
Jeanne Labrune is a French screenwriter and film director. She has directed 13 films since 1978. Her film Sand and Blood was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.
Within a framework of Odessa International Film Festival she was a head of the Jury of the International Competition Jeanne Labrune conducted a master class “Write, shoot and produce if necessary. Integrity in the risk, power of doing” within the Summer Film School.
- It turned out that Jeanne Labrune is a big dreamer. She explained he understanding of films and it`s nature : “ A film that is something that doesn`t exist. It`s a dream. A film director is a kind of conductor whose task is to understand the crew and to tell to the audience through the film his/her dream”.
- Labrune talked about the global media market and about a special niche of French cinema:
“I’m proud I am French even if people say the French are arrogant and pretentious like Gallic roosters. French cinema keeps alive. American cinema is larger and more prestigious. It is a magic factory, it packs the house. The French shoot in a more humble way, but it helps them to show a personality.”
She also mentioned that there about 4500 screens in France and approximately 800 show American films. So 45-50% of all films shown in France that are French films. That important to support a national culture on official level and the French government understands it. In France, a commission from each movie ticket goes to the National Centre for Cinema. It is not a governmental institution and it supports national filmmaking.
- Speaking of inspiration the film director said that her biggest passion beside shooting movies is travelling. She tries to travel as much as possible, because it gives an opportunity to discover something new and to know the world better. Later on she shares this knowledge with the spectators. This was actually one of the reasons why Jeanne Labrune decided to come to Odessa.
All her films are shear chance. For example she has once seen to tweens and got the vision of two tween houses and, at once she made up a story about those tween houses and brothers living there. Light, the sun, cozy yards inspire her. That is what she found in Odessa and assumed that she might even shoot a film in Odessa.
- During the master class Labrune has mentioned the sad experience of the French Revolution. “Revolutions are always bad. They always bring brutality and violence. That why it is very important to talk about some essential problems and to solve them in the very beginning”
- Jeanne Labrune gave a few tips to young film directors
- Observe life (patch of glare on a bottle). There is a whole universe in tiny objects;
- Have a dream;
“I believe that whatever happens, the state must support culture because the artist presents today’s society.”