Meet the Filmmakers: ALL THAT'S LEFT
Interview with director Hugo Salvaire
Director Hugo Salvaire
What would be the teaser text for your film ALL THAT'S LEFT?
Henri returns to see his family after a long absence to visit his mother, who was admitted into a psychiatric clinic. Despite his anxieties, unconsciously transmitted by his mother, Henri decides to get her out of the hospital and take care of her...
Where does the inspiration for your film come from?
I was inspired by my own teenage years and the relationship I had with my mother and with my sister. And I try to describe and show the imperceptible love transmission through fears and anxieties. I asked myself and now the spectators: "Can we save someone ?" and furthermore: "Can we save someone who doesn’t want to be saved ?" I also tried not to make a completely dark drama. Even if the film is quite tough, it leans towards a positive direction. There is hope for both of the characters. I am an optimist. Whatever happens.
Which three people from film and television would you like to spend an evening with? Why? And what are you doing?
I would like to meet lots of directors who inspired me a lot and influenced not only my work but the person I am. I would say: Fatih Akin, Wong Kar Waii, John Woo, Steven Soderbegh, Mathieu Kassovitz and many others…
What's your favorite film quote?
It's a quote from the movie LA HAINE directed by Mathieu Kassovitz: "C’est l’histoire d’un homme qui tombe d’un immeuble de 50 étages. Le mec, au fur et à mesure de sa chute, il se répète sans cesse pour se rassurer: "jusqu’ici tout va bien… jusqu’ici tout va bien… jusqu’ici tout va bien…" Mais l’important, c’est pas la chute. C’est l’atterrissage. " - "This is the story of a man who falls from a fifty-storey building. The guy, as he falls, he repeats himself constantly to reassure: "so far so good…so far so good…so far so good". But the important thing is not the fall, it's the landing."
For which film would you like to shoot the sequel?
I would like to shoot a DIE HARD sequel but a European version with a European crew and European casting. Making action movies without special effects, or only artisanal ones, and a special attention to the script, is my dream. I would also like to make a sequel for the movie RUN LOLA RUN. This film is amazing. When I saw it, I knew I wanted to make movies like this.
What is your favourite film - officially and secretly?
Officially: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE from Frank Capra - or any film from Capra. Because of the human values of gratitude, kindness and generosity. These kind of movies don't exist anymore.
Secretly : SPEED from Jan de Bont. Or any action film from the nineties.
What was your favorite film festival experience so far?
My first festival experience was the Festival de Cannes. I used to go there every year with my parents when I was a child. I saw Jamel Debouze and Lambert Wilson in the streets, big films posters on the walls, many movies... Everything began there for me.
Keyword "Munich". What comes to your mind first?
Weirdly, Munich is linked to surfing to me. There is a place where you can surf on a artificial wave in the center of the city. I was there ten years ago and now every time someone tells me about Munich, I think about surfing immediately. Don't ask me why.