Cloe Bailly – Opening The Cannes Film Festival, London or New York and Her Inspirations

Our next oversea’s talent is the effervescent french creative and filmmaker Cloe Bailly. We had the pleasure of speaking to Cloe first! Q: Hello Cloé! Can you introduce yourself to us by telling us what you do?  CB: Hi! I am a director and screenwriter (commercials, music videos, and fiction). My thing is comedy: a bit quirky and absurd, slightly dark, always fun.  Q: What country do you originate from? And what town were you born? CB: I am French, and was born in Saint-Cloud, in a boring part of the Parisian suburbs. Aged 6, I moved to the South of France (near Marseille) where I was raised until I moved to Paris right after high school.  Q: Do you prefer Paris or Marseille? CB: I love both equally and for very different reasons. Paris is my home as I’ve been living there for 10 years… Marseille is like my oasis, my escape to reboot from Paris which can get aggressive and oppressive like any big city… I love to leave Paris, and I love even more to go back. CB: Even if it’s very cliché, Paris DOES feel and look like a postcard sometimes: the architecture, the streets, the bistrots and cafés, l’Art de vivre… (I mean, yeah, we do have red wine whilst smoking cigarettes pretty much everyday). I still get caught up by a bohemian fantasy when I’m walking around, it’s impossible not to romanticize Paris… Marseille, on the other hand, has to be tamed. But once you get to know the city, you fall in love with it. It’s such a surprising, heteroclite, rich and warm place. And it’s getting better and better on many levels. Q: London or New York? CB: London. For personal reasons, I am very attached to London. I’ve spent a lot of time there and yet, I still feel like I know only 1% of this city… I love London’s diversity and multiple facets, and I feel it’s more open-minded than Paris. And because I love clichés, there’s nothing like a fresh lager in a pub’s backyard in the summer, or like a good old Sunday roast in winter. Q: Favourite food? CB: Fresh butter on warm bread. Q: Les Marches was a fantastic short film, which was shown at the Cannes Film festival which is an amazing achievement! We loved it. How did it feel seeing a film that you Directed open the closing ceremony? CB: To be honest, I was dreading it more than I was excited about it… Post-production had been tricky, and we had to change the edit last-minute because Laurent Lafitte (the actor and master of ceremony) was in the middle of a media storm at that time. On the day of the closing ceremony, I didn’t even know if my film was going to be screened or not. So as I had no idea of what to expect, I distanced myself. But looking back to it, I am really glad for this film. It did open some doors…   Q: What do you feel could be improved in the film industry in France?  CB: I feel like French films could take more risks. In general, they are redundant, not very daring, a bit vanilla – especially in comedy. Maybe French people have relied too much on their supposedly artistic-intellectual-prestige and are now far behind. I do feel things are changing though. There are many new talents and inspiring young directors taking a new stand and bringing an exciting energy to the industry Q: Do you prefer France, L.A or Sydney? And why? CB: My ideal life would be between Paris and L.A! The 2 cities are drastically opposite but they balance and complete each other perfectly: Paris is culturally, intellectually and creatively stimulating. And as Parisian people are judgmental and hard to please, you are constantly questioning yourself, your craft… and learning more. On the other hand, L.A fills me with optimism and determinism, this ‘American Dream’ feeling that everything is possible. You act on things rather than intellectualising them. Q: Name your top Actors/Actresses. CB: Monica Vitti, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Tilda Swinton In a very different genre, I am also obsessed with Kristen Wiig at the moment. John Goodman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Steve Carell and…..Leonardo DiCaprio Q: What actor would you like to work with the most and why? CB: Zach Galiafinakis because he is the most hilarious man on earth. Seriously, his only presence on screen makes a scene absolute genius. Q: Who motivates you? CB: As cheesy as it sounds: myself. In this competitive industry, no one is waiting for you… You have to constantly push yourself. I’m also very motivated by other people’s work; whether they are movies, commercials or music videos, watching good work is always nourishing and stimulating. Q: What is the proudest moment of your blossoming career so far?  CB: I’d say when I saw that my last music video was well received (‘Stay’ for French band Talisco). Because it’s the piece that resembles me the most, so a person liking it was real gratification.     Q: Who are your inspirations in the film industry? CB: There are so many!! The Coen Brothers, Paolo Sorrentino, Pedro Almodovar, Luca Guadagnino, Paul Thomas Anderson… Judd Apatow and all his clique (the SNL, Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen… etc) Not to mention Mankiewicz, Hitchock, Buñuel, Fellini, Visconti, Rohmer, Tarantino, Polanski, Kubrick…   Q: Tell Levile about 5 people you know from France/L.A to look out for in the filmmaking industry. (Ie friends you know who are talented in Actor, Directing, Producing). The trio Dimitri Basil, Laura Gorun & Cooper Roussel. I’ve lived and worked with them a few years ago back in L.A. They taught me to think out of the box, to never take no as an answer, to be resourceful, and to always stay focused. They are such creative, determined, self-made people… And most importantly, their work is brilliant. Lola Bessis & Ruben Amar. After…

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