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Bertrand Bonello. Music is my world

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Bertrand Bonello. Music is my world
by Marcos Gutiérrez
Right before the start of his press conference, Bertrand Bonello confessed his admiration for "the light" emanating from Gijón.

That is because the filmmaker is these days relaxed enough to enjoy small pleasures such a stroll along the beach. He is aware that the festival, which devotes a retrospective to him this year, is an environment which lives cinema away from "the pressures of the trade".

In that sense, Bonello, who received the Fipresci Award in Cannes with Le Pornographe, highlighted the dual effect that big events can have in the work of a filmmaker: "Cannes can help destroy a film. I have friends whose career came to an end there".

Bonello made it clear that music "is my world". In fact, his musical training, which started when he was barely 5, has an almost thaumaturgic effect on his work: "For me, music and films go hand in hand, it is not just an element of support; it has its own power".

The director of L'Apollonide stated that "for my next project I finished the music score even before the script". However, the classical element of his musical past has little to do with his films, quite opposed to formal and thematic academicism.

When questioned about the creative autonomy of French cinema, he declares that "in France we do have more freedom but maybe it is not made the most of". He confesses his debt to Cronenberg and Fassbinder, and acknowledges the "fundamental" importance of the Nouvelle Vague, although he remarks that "it is not the Bible". In that sense, he thinks his approach "is more open to the outside world" than other French directors.