Emir Kusturica talks about his new project in Monaco, 6 March 2019

President of the jury of the comedy festival held until Saturday in Monaco, the Serbian filmmaker talks about his upcoming film in China and his desire to replay in Nice.

He does not change: always rock'n'roll, friendly and affable. Having just landed from Beijing, Emir Kusturica meets Mathilda May, Sandra Milo and Ezio Greggio, the president of the Monte Carlo Film Festival comedy to hold a press conference in the Fairmont's grand salon. He has not even had time to renew his laces (nor shave, of course) and accuses the jetlag, but still accepts an exclusive interview with Nice-Matin, which is for him, at the same time, the paper of the Cannes Film Festival and the Nice Jazz Festival (because he is both a musician and a filmmaker). That's good, we just wanted to talk to him about his two passions.

  • We did not know you as a comedy fan?
    • EK: And yet, that's probably my favorite movie genre … If I think of cinema as entertainment, I think comedy. If we talk about art, of course, the drama is king. But the comedies make me happy. Blake Edwards' The Party is one of my favorite movies in the world and I am a big fan of Peter Sellers. I love all his films from The Pink Panther.
  • We were waiting for you in Cannes rather than Monaco …
    • EK: Yes, I confess I do not really know what happened last year. My film, On The Milky Road, was ready and it was refused. I do not really know why … He was introduced to Venice and received a warm welcome. But I have been so spoiled in Cannes that it does not change my relationship with this festival that I still consider as one of the most important cultural events in the world. I only decided to stop competing. I want to continue to present my films in festival, but out of competition. In fact, I realized that it was not healthy for me to try to win a third Palm or another Lion. I prefer to consider myself a new beginner than as an old winner …
  • That's why you're going to shoot in China?
    • EK: A little, yes. Like Carl Gustav Jung, I regret that the West has lost much of its mystery. China is a new world for me. Not to mention that my film will be released in 30,000 theaters the first day! It's more than I can hope for all over Europe. I admit that a big success at the Chinese box office would delight me. I have received a lot of awards as a Western filmmaker, but I have never had a huge box office success. I hope this will be the case with the next because I think the subject should appeal to the Chinese.
  • A film about Genghis Khan, it seems?
    • EK: On an episode of his life. He is the greatest conqueror of all time, but I am particularly interested in the moment when he will enter Europe with his army. A prophecy predicted success as white clouds would protect him. When he crosses the Volga, the sky is cloudless so he stops and wonders what he did to displease the Gods. He realizes then that he has no descendants and it is contrary to the laws of nature. So he turns around to give life. It is a symbolic and poetic vision of the legend of Genghis Khan, against what Hollywood could do. I hope to start shooting in September-October.
  • By then, we have a chance to see you on stage with your band?
    • EK: Yes, we are going to tour this summer all over Europe and we are in negotiations to make the Nice Jazz Festival. I hope to come here. Provided they do not do like Cannes! Otherwise, next time, I'll have to tell you that I never want to play Nice again! (Laughter)
  • Basically, what do you prefer, music or cinema?
    • EK: For me, music is just fun, whereas cinema is a lot of pain. But there is a lot of pain. When the public loves your movie, you forget all the hellish circles you had to go through to achieve it.
  • The Lion d'Or and the Oscars for a film only visible on Netflix, what inspires you?
    • EK: I regret Alfonso Cuaron's choice for Roma, which is a movie to see in the cinema. Streaming is great for documentaries. But for fiction, nothing replaces the experience of cinema. A film must be seen in theaters with the public otherwise we lose half the pleasure. I think very well that the Cannes Film Festival does not accept Netflix films in competition. Even if, seen from Hollywood, it looks like a French fad a little old game, you have to defend the movie theaters.

Interview by Philippe DUPUY
Source : nicematin.com

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