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Meet the 2014 AFI Filmmakers #6: Bas Devos’ ‘Violet’ Shows How a Young Man Deals With Grief

Meet the 2014 AFI Filmmakers #6: Bas Devos' 'Violet' Shows How a Young Man Deals With Grief

Indiewire invited AFI FEST directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them and the challenges they faced. The festival runs until November 13.

Violet,” a dark drama that follows Jesse, a young man who witnessed his friend’s murder, marks Bas Devos first full-length feature. The movie film first made an appearance at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival and will make its U.S. debut at AFI. Devos writes and directs.

Biggest challenge in completing this project?
Aside from some complicated, technical shots, the biggest challenge was the editing. Though composed of mainly longtakes, it was hard to find the right rhythm, the right pace. It felt like sculpting, more than editing.”

Did you crowdfund?

What camera did you shoot?
About 85% of the film is shot digital on ARRI ALEXA. The rest is shot on film: 65mm, 8perf.”

Advice for first-time filmmakers?
It’s a paradox I suppose, but you have to be stubborn and doubt at the same time.”

Did you go to film school?
Yes. A Belgian filmschool, Sint Lukas in Brussels.”

What films have inspired you?
“No specific films. I like filmmakers who clearly have a voice. Who can only do as they do. I think about Kelly Reichardt. And closer to home Fien Troch. Or the bigger names: Bresson, Haneke, Béla Tarr… One truly inspirational film though: “My Neighbor Totoro” by Hayao Miyazaki.”

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