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Juliette Binoche: ‘I want the power of art, but also silence to listen to me’

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Awarded at the San Sebastián Film Festival, for her 40-year career, Juliette Binoche gets excited when she talks to “Estadão” about the film “Le Lycéen”

It was on May 17, 1983, at the Cannes Film Festival, that he saw cinema Juliet Binoche for the first time in the cast of Liberty Belleby Pascal Kané.

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She was a 19-year-old girl, the daughter of divorced parents, full of curiosity for the audiovisual industry that would lead her, in 1985, to shoot with the first of the many myths of the director she worked with: Jean-Luc Godard. performed I greet you Maria (1985), a film that angered the Vatican by proposing the semiotics of the Madonna, which made the then young actress understand that art and controversy go hand in hand. It was one of the stories she told in 70th San Sebastián Film Festivalin Spain, which awarded her the honorary prize, the Donostia trophy, and screened two unreleased feature films starring her, both by French brands.

“I remember it in the test for I greet you MariaGodard made me recite a poem while I was combing my hair “, recalled the actress, without commenting on the The director witnessed the suicidethe 13. “Filming with him, I learned that, in this work, you must always be prepared”.

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Among the special films of San Sebastián, he appears in a love triangle in Avec Amour et Acharnement, which awarded director Claire Denis the Best Director Award at the Berlinale in February. In the official selection, she plays the widowed mother of a boy who has just lost his father Le Lyceenby Christophe Honoré, named favorite among the 17 contestants of the Concha d’Or, the most contested laurel of the Spanish event, which ends this Saturday, 24. It was enough to remember the shooting of the story based on a personal tragedy of the director to make you cry Juliette, also in an international interview.

«It moves me to remember that he entrusted me with the representation of his mother, who makes me feel loved and warms me, especially in the midst of a carefree and authoritative direction. Christophe looks at that woman and sees her mother in the midst of the loss she experienced when she was young, and which is at the center of this film about what it’s like to be a teenager in this world “, defines Juliette, through tears, in a conversation with the Estadio. “I am a sensitive person. A person who likes movement, who needs to know all the powers that art offers, but who also needs silence, to listen”.

At 58, Juliette – who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Role in 1997 for the English patient – has already cried publicly on other occasions, not only for the strong emotion, but also for the political conflicts in film production. The Cannes press conference in 2010 became famous when the actress, speaking Faithful copy, by Abbas Kiarostami, burst into tears after learning of the arrest of Iranian director Jafar Panahi, held back by his government’s veto on freedom of expression. At the moment, he declined to comment on his reaction. “It’s all expressed there, it doesn’t need subtitles,” he said in an interview 12 years ago. But today he talks about the importance of the legitimacy of his feelings, even in public life.

“When you come to an event like this, you know that they will ask you about your life and, therefore, that you have to think carefully about the words you are about to say. But I try to be as sincere as possible when I talk about my experiences When I remember what we have done in Christophe’s film, Le Lyceenthe emotion comes to mind – it was a film in which we were still living under the limits imposed by the pandemic, wearing masks on the set “, recalls the actress who, before San Sebastián, participated in the Locarno Film Festival, in Switzerland, with the film Road to Heaven, American thriller in which a truck driver lives. “I like to experiment with different expressions in art,” he says.

Though she speaks respectfully about the deaths related to covid-19, Juliette confesses her discomfort with some of the protective measures of confinement. “I always wore a mask, not just out of fear of contamination, but out of respect for the lives next to me. However, I hated it. Just as I hated the ban on going to the beach, seeing the sea, during the lockdown. It was a feeling. Similar to when I went to Iran and had to wear a veil in my hair. My first time there, I understood the symbolism and accepted it. But on the second visit, I was uncomfortable thinking about what the veil represents for the female condition, with some women about it and it has been tough, ”admits the actress, who will also be seen as stylist Coco Chanel in the series. The new lookfrom Apple TV.

“I feel that we have not yet had time to assess what has changed in the world with the pandemic. I think the main change in me was the increase in an ecological sense, the desire to fight for a new environmental education. Home, in the countryside , so that I can take refuge with my children, in case the illness returns or something similar happens.But despite everything we went through in the lockdown, I made the most of the days of confinement. I took care of my mother , I had time to enjoy the company of my children. It was a good time. “

President of the jury of the Berlin Film Festival in 2019, Juliette does not speculate on the results of San Sebastián. “I lived the roles I play with real intensity”, explains the actress. “Delivery is necessary for the public to believe you.”

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