“The world that we live in can be very fake, but the stories that we want to tell are real,” observed director Cédric Klapisch in a video interview with Reverse Shot’s Eric Hynes. “I think that very often I try to show that combination.”
The director of “L’auberge espagnole” met up with Hynes at the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in New York City, where “In-Eyes,” an exhibition of actress Juliette Binoche’s artwork, is currently on display. Binoche stars in Klapisch’s latest film, “Paris,” which opens in theaters today. “Paris” explores the city–and the often romanticized cliches that are associated with it–through the eyes of a bedridden dancer, played by Romain Duris.
“I try to be honest and say, ‘OK, I’m not going to get rid of the cliches because it’s a fake life,'” Klapisch told Hynes. “I think it’s part of life… There’s a truth in cliches.”
Reverse Shot Talkie: Cédric Klapisch
Interview by Eric Hynes
Produced, filmed and edited by Jeff Reichert
Sound: Damon Smith
Reverse Shot Talkies is a series of unconventional, site-specific video interviews with filmmakers, programmers, critics, and more. Informal, playful, and always revealing, Talkies are not just antidotes to the traditional Q&A format but also unique short films in their own right.