Joy, wonder, humility. Thus the director Denis Villeneuve welcomed the appointment of his film, Fire in the category of the Oscar for best foreign feature film, event he described as still as "huge." Joy strong dwelt upon the property, while he was at Sundance, Utah, where his film is presented. "Tears" gushed, "he said yesterday morning in a conference call.
Humility is reflected in how Villeneuve attributes the success of the film to the play by Wajdi Mouawad that inspired him. "We must render unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar," he said. And this (success) returns to Wajdi. I feel more like trying to protect something in what Wajdi wanted to convey in his play. I tried to wear it as best I could on the screen. "
As to his astonishment, Villeneuve communicates citing the fact of being on the same starting line as other great directors, including Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, director of the Mexican film Biutiful, written in the same category.
"I'm competing against Iñarritu which I am one of the biggest fans! It's absurd! "He exclaims in amazement. Later in the interview, he says not yet seeing the other four films nominated in her category. "Since the release of Fire, all I do is to fly, to promote the movie and sleep," he recounts, while adding that he can not wait to shake hands with Iñarritu .
"Just being nominated is for me, honestly, sincerely, gigantic. I did not expect it to live a day in my life, "he says.
A sleepless night
Villeneuve said he welcomed the announcement with "tears" after a long sleepless night he spent in a cabin of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. It was with producer Luc Déry and Kim McCraw of micro_scope and Phoebe Greenberg, Penny Mancuso and Myriam Achard, Phi Group, Montreal production house which provided partial funding. At midnight, the six have opened a bottle of champagne. "We thought that was the way to celebrate the film path so far," Villeneuve tells. When he opened the bottle, all the stress he had managed to contain for weeks has fallen on his shoulders. The hours that followed were long ...
At 5: 30 pm, Utah, the group started in the kitchen to make pancakes. Then, 6 h 30 (5 h 30 in California), they began to follow the nominations ceremony live on the website of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. At that time, a silence of church moved into the cottage, said Villeneuve.
"At 6 am 38, have appointed Fire. We cried, we laughed, we cried, "said Kim McCraw at La Presse. It's been the greatest moment of our lives. "
Meanwhile, in Montreal, actress Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin, Jeanne Marwal performer in the film, also heard the news following the ceremony on the web. "It's like a dream. I am extremely proud. Already, to be among the nine semi-finalists was a lot, "she said in an interview with La Presse.
"This gives me an incredible feeling," said his side Maxim Gaudette, who plays Simon Marwal, brother of Jeanne. "A presence at the Oscars is always something we dream. But to see it materialize, it's a pretty amazing feeling. "
Remy Girard is itself a veteran of the Oscars because he was the distribution of three films by Denys Arcand (The Decline of the American Empire, Jesus of Montreal and The Barbarian Invasions) who received nominations. "I've never been to the event. The actors of the films nominated for an Oscar for best foreign film are not invited, he says. But the year of the Barbarian Invasions, we met at my house. When the film by Denys won, it's been quite a party, "he recalls.
Moreover, Christal Films and Les Films Seville announced the return of 13 major fires on additional screens. After 19 weeks in theaters, the film was still showing.
When a reporter asked Denis Villeneuve person to whom it had first called in the wake of his appointment, he spontaneously replied his lover. Later, he also revealed he called his two eldest children (he has three children). "My two oldest have cell phones. I know that the use of cellular banned at their school, but this morning I ignored, "he said, triggering laughter general.