"Most of the cast were non-professional actors, mainly middle-age and old women. Working with them while rehearsing and shooting was very gratifying and fun."
"In my limited experience, I’ve enjoyed discovering that if you allow the camera and the situations within a story to do the heavy dramatic lifting (meaning you choose both correctly), your performances can be judged not by how well your actors are creating drama, but by how honestly they are responding to it."
Watch full video of directors Pablo Giorgelli, Gareth Evans, and Adam Leon discussing their films with members of the selection committee following their New Directors/New Films screenings at Film Society.
The ND/NF director answers questions about his film's focus on China's one-child policy, rural life in Yunnan province, karaoke, and how he came to become a filmmaker.
"I knew that Charlotte Rampling was a huge actress but I was really amazed by her precision and her involvement."
"The hero of my story is a young guy without any skills or sense for living. Step by step he learns skills and gets a sense for his existence."
"It's a film about what happens when you set out to buy a diplomatic title, thereby becoming the consul of Liberia to The Central African Republic – for real. It's Tintin meets Borat meets The Economist."
"So there we were, 45 floors above the night Moscow, on a very windy rooftop of an unfinished skyscraper, with the an enormous light rising up to the sky with 5 guys straining the ropes, a Turkish interpreter next to me yelling on a walkie-talkie, another dolly and a film crane moving other lights, the actor slowly approaching the hallucinatory temple and the camera crane rising to a wide master shot... and it all suddenly came together, as dawn broke over Moscow."
"Every time I kind of get surprised of how much it takes to do a film. This time was no exception. But a lot of fun it was!"