This is the story of Delphis. An 11 year old kid from the roughest part of Montreal who lives life according to his own rules, under the label of the Hurricane. Set in 1991 and shot in Super 16mm. The film crudely deals with various social labels with a dose of black humor.
Produced by: Tania Duguay , Ara Ball
Cast: Luka Limoges, Patrick Renaud, Gitane Larouche
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6 questions with L'Ouragan Fuck You Tabarnak! director, Ara Ball at the half-way mark.
Thursday, July 27th, 2017
1Hi Ara! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what was the initial seed that inspired you to make this film? I just came back from India and hadn't filmed anything for about 2 years. One day at night I saw an anti-bullying Justine Bieber video on youtube and they were shedding light on this kid that was bullied, but in turn the bully was demonized. I started feeling so sorry for that "bad" kid. I felt like with this video, the tables had turned and all of sudden the bully was the victim. That was my perception. It looked like he had a tough life. Maybe his parents didn't know any better. Maybe he was poor, anyways it seemed like he was from what they showed. So I imagined that for the rest of his life, he might be living in hell from all the horrible emails and hate mail he would be getting.
The next morning I took a pencil and a note pad and drew the face of a young rebellion, the kid nobody likes and decided to make a film about an 11 year old french Canadian boy that would do anything he could to survive in a society that hated him.
2Luka Limoges, who plays "The Hurricane" does such a great job. What's your approach to casting and working with child actors and how were you able to get such great performances out of them? He was the second audition. I knew immediately it was him. He was a clean cut suburban kid. This would be his first role ever. I really go by instinct. My casting director Tania Duguay is my right hand, she clearly see's my actors before I do. I become pretty close to my actors, I film them, I study them, I speak to them frequently and do everything I can to understand them as human beings. So that when we are on set, everything feels super natural and we get right down to the depth of that character. Luka Limoges is now a successful television actor in the province of Quebec.
3The Hurricane is a giant middle finger to civilized society, why did you want to make him the central character of your film? I often feel like people who are misunderstood in this world feel like this character. I think that's why this short film did so well, it spoke to the voiceless or people who feel angry at the way our system is constructed. The film starts with a middle finger and ends with one. Unfortunately life can be very difficult for many and sometimes a life of bad decisions is the only option based on the information that is given to them at a very young age. The film is filled with revolt but it's also a study on environmental conditioning. The energy of the film was fuelled by the same energy I feel about the subject. So I think having this kid as the central character tells us so much. His innocence is lost and he knows it. So he only has us to blame for it and he wants us to fucking know about it!
4This story feels like it could easily be expanded into a feature. Do you have any plans of doing that? I received the funding by the Canadian government to write the feature film with the same title two years ago. The film is written and I plan to start pre-production at the beginning of 2018. It's a really big project and I need to wait before we can get all the funding needed so that we can keep the integrity the short film had.
5What were the pros and cons of shooting on super 16mm? I had no monitor and had to wait 2 months after the shoot to get the footage. I'm in love with the way it looks and my D.P Jean-Philippe Bernier did a great job considering we shot this on a shoestring budget in only 4 days.
6What's next? I'm currently in pre-production for my first feature film funded by Telefilm Canada and will shoot it in august this year. It's called: Quand L'Amour Se Creuse Un Trou.
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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