“I sometimes feel as much a musician as a filmmaker and I will always be a musician”

Christophe Barratier, director, screenwriter and producer, guest of franceinfo on 16 September 2019 (JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOURDILLAT / FRANCEINFO / RADIO FRANCE)

For Christophe Barratier this Festival represents “a story in an itinerary and something that has always attached me to the music that is the film music in particular. It can be jazz, variety, concrete music. To celebrate it, to be interested in it, to promote it in a festival, brings to light the work of composers “. France is a breeding ground for composers, seven of whom received an Oscar in Hollywood: “We have almost created the music of film, in France “.

Music is his first emotion. He begins with classical guitar until the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, in addition to his degree, he receives many international awards. At the same time, he sings in the chorus of a set which will obviously inspire him later for his film The chorists : “I sometimes feel as much a musician as a filmmaker and I will always be a musician, whatever happens “.

The music brings him the rigor. The pace is of great importance. “Sometimes people say the film is not rhythmic. There is a misunderstanding, the rhythm is not precipitation “. Christophe Barratier insists on rhythm as an alternation in a film: “We build a film with crescendo movements, adagio and all of a sudden we make an interlude (…) A perfect balance of harmonies between these different movements “.

Cinema or music? It's like asking if I like to breathe or walk

Christophe Barratier

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For Christophe Barratier, cinema is a family story, it has that in the genes. His mother, Eva Simonet, is an actress and press secretary in French cinema. His uncle is none other than Jacques Perrin, actor, director, producer. In 1967, he was 4 years old and found himself on the set of Demoiselles de Rochefort with (also) his father who assists Jacques Demy. His only memory is a picture where he is in the arms of Gene Kelly: “I do not know if I like cinema or if I like music. It's like asking if I like to breathe or walk. It's so much inside me, I feel like I was born with “.

In 2004, his film The chorists made a cardboard (Named 8 times to César, 2 times Oscars). This success is a scenario but also music and titles composed with Bruno Coulais with the choice of simplicity, purity: “When we wrote on the screenplay: The children sing and it's very beautiful, what do you want us to do? Christophe Barratier emphasizes the importance of the composer as the third author, after the screenwriter and the director.

Most of the great movies are still attached to great music too

Christophe Barratier

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As for the criticism of his films, he gets to know them, good or bad, because he always gets something out of them. The cinema brings him thee feeling of being in its place but it does not bring freedom. “Because it's not easy because you can not do everything because it gets harder and harder. In any case persuaded to be in the right place. And do not hesitate anymore, and know that it's my life. “

Christophe Barratier obtained with Hélène Cases, producer, the rights of the third volume of the childhood memories of Marcel Pagnol, The time of secrets, which tells the adolescence of Marcel, the discovery of love and the idealized secrets of adults. The adaptation is underway, and filming is planned for next spring. Christophe Barratier does not rest on his laurels because “The feeling of insecurity is very necessary to the creation of everything that one does“.

The Film & Film Festival takes place in La Baule from 6 to 11 November. Guest of Honor: composer and arranger Gabriel Yared, Caesar of the best film music for The Lover in 1993 and Oscar for the best film music for The English Patient in 1997.


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