7 questions with 12 weeks director, Marc-André Girard at the half-way mark.
Sunday, June 18th, 2017
1Hello Marc-André! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what was the initial seed that inspired you to make this beautiful film? Hello! Having lived two miscarriages, I can say that these are really painful events for a couple trying to make up a small family. It is a sad situation, it hurts and I find that we speak little about it, especially that 10 to 15% of pregnancies end as miscarriage. It was after the birth of my daughter, who was born after two miscarriages, that I decided to write «12 weeks» and to broach the subject.
2I really loved this film. It takes something tragic and real and yet it's also very beautiful. What was your writing process like and how difficult was it to tackle the script? Find the right angle to tell this slice of life, without falling into the pathos.. On the contrary, I wanted to leave a small glimmer of hope for those who are experiencing this ordeal and I note, following the screenings of the film, that it touches many more people than I could have imagined. Even within the film team, I was surprised to see how many people that had lived through these painful moments. I am convinced that everyone has contributed with their personal touch to this story, with a bit of their life.
3All of the actors do a fantastic job. What is your process of working with actors and what are some techniques you use to help get such wonderful performances? I like to repeat with the actors. Receive their proposals. Often, I make them listen to the music on set that makes me think of the scene. Just to be in the mood.
4I loved the inscription on the bathroom stall at the end. What is your favorite part of the film? I very like the scene in the store when the dad buy the black underwear. The girl working there just thinks this man is buying his lover panties for romantic reasons.
5What's the film that made you want to become a filmmaker? There are many but I think the first one is Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore) also all films from Spielberg.
6This film deals with the topic of a miscarriage, which is something very common, yet in the U.S.A. it's something most people don't talk about. It's something most families keep secret leaving many women feeling even more devastated because they feel something is wrong with them. Is it similar or different in Canada? It's the same in Canada. Yes!
7What's next? I work on the writing of a new short film “Dixie”. I want to continue to tell stories in my own way, no matter which media is used.
About the Interviewer: Ben Hicks
Ben Hicks is a writer/director and co-founder of Fandependent Films. Ben is currently working on making Fandependent Films awesome and is finishing up his first feature film entitled Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time which was selected for the 2017 IFP Narrative Lab.
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