Wednesday, 11/13/2019

Meet the Filmmakers: ROCK OUT

Interview with director Alice Gadbled

Meet the Filmmakers: ROCK OUT

Director Alice Gadbled


What would be the teaser text for your film ROCK OUT?

How to say goodbye with rituals that aren't yours? How to share mourning? How to share memories of the deceased? Between laughter and tears, this short film guides us through a real life funeral.

Where does the inspiration for your film come from?

It’s my own experience of grief that I wanted to share, what it’s really like to go through this experience. To show that it’s not just tears and sadness, but that it is also about being together and laughter. Grief is part of life and you can learn a lot from it.

Which three people from film and television would you like to spend an evening with? Why? And what are you doing?

Asghar Farhadi for sure, on a mountain in Iran with a beautiful and silent view. We will be joined by Mounia Meddour, who directed PAPICHA (2019) so beautifully, and Ken Loach! And we would speak about directing actors and how to share real feelings through cinema and speak about our society with beautiful and real stories.

What's your favorite film quote?

Hm… I don’t have a favorite one, but I love these three because when I heard them they directly spoke to my heart and made me think about different times of my life. They all might seem like sad or negative quotes, but I actually think they can give you hope and provoce interesting thoughts.

The first one is from PRETTY WOMAN (Garry Marshall (1990)): Viviane: "People put you down enough, you start to believe it. The bad stuff is easier to believe." - I think this says a lot about our society and how hard it is to be yourself and believe in yourself sometimes.

The next ones are from the Before-Trilogy directed by Richard Linklater - the best movies about love, I would say.
BEFORE SUNRISE (Richard Linklater (1995)): Jesse: "I don't know, I think that if I could just accept the fact that my life is supposed to be difficult. You know, that's what to be expected, then I might not get so pissed-off about it and I'll just be glad when something nice happens." - This is a good reminder, that even through adversity, we should try to enjoy the nice things that happen and try to go through it anyway.
BEFORE SUNSET (Richard Linklater (2005)): Celine: "Memories are wonderful things, if you don't have to deal with the past." - This one sums everything up I would say, it’s good advise for life. Don’t live in the past, try to learn from each experience and keep on going  - only with the memories, not all the rest.

For which film would you like to shoot the sequel?

I don’t really like sequels. I think, if a movie is good, you don’t need to know what would be next. The movie gave you enough to think about the rest by yourself.

What is your favourite film - officially and secretly?

I would say… A SEPARATION by Asghar Farhadi (2011) would be my official favorite, even though I also really loved his movie THE PAST (2013). And the secret favorite… I think it would be something from my childhood like HOME ALONE (Chris Columbus (1990)) or SISTER ACT (Emile Ardolino (1992)).

What was your favorite film festival experience so far?

Unfortunately, Munich will be the first festival to screen one of my shorts and that I will be able to attend to, because my other selections were all in the United States so I couldn’t afford to attend those. I’m really looking forward to the film selection in Munich!

Keyword "Munich". What comes to your mind first?

"zwo" :). I actually studied German from the age of 3 until the age of 18 and got my Abitur in 2011. And I went to Munich when I was 14 or 15 and I remember that I was surprised of their accent! I loved it though!