How do you view your filmography, punctuated by big names in cinema such as Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Ridley Scott or François Ozon?
I feel infinitely lucky. In the troupe of the theater school where I was, the people with whom I learned my trade are not around me. Today, I tell myself that there is really a luck factor but that you have to be prepared for it.
After “In the House” and “Grace to God”, this is your third film with François Ozon. What relationship do you have with him?
He is very prolific. He makes one movie a year, so he’s going to show you more often. With him, it’s a bit like a theater troupe, he hears from actors, even the youngest who have played in his films like “Summer 85”. “Thanks to God” brought us together enormously. The film had a resonance that went beyond us and served as an echo chamber for the cause we served. It loosened tongues, people had the courage to speak. It really brought us closer to Melvil Poupaud and Swann Arlaud, the two other actors in the film.
It really is a love letter to the cinema
These are very different projects each time. What seduced you in this role of Peter, who is a bit the double of Fassbinder and Ozon?
It cannot be refused. The quality is so incredible, and it goes through so many emotions. There is also Fassbinder and “The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant”, from which Ozon’s film is based. It really is a love letter to cinema. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to, because there is a lot of text to learn. It was too impressive to refer to Fassbinder’s work and I took refuge in the text as if I were doing archaeological digs. It is the text that led me to this story.
Playing with Hanna Schygulla and Isabelle Adjani, is it impressive?
Hanna is a legend. She has been through a lot with Fassbinder. We all had this modesty not to talk to him about the past. Adjani, it’s very funny, came on the set when she wasn’t filming. It was a bit like the oral exam for the baccalaureate. Above all, she’s a great actress and it’s impressive to see how she appropriates the words, makes suggestions. The way it comes out is goldsmithing.
We came back to Audierne Bay every summer, to our grandparents’ near Tronoën. I went to the Eckmühl cinema by bike
You traveled a lot with your parents in Norway, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates. Audierne Bay, where you now live, has it always been an anchor point?
We came back to Audierne Bay every summer, to our grandparents’ near Tronoën. I went to the Eckmühl cinema by bike. Here, I recharge my batteries enormously and the pandemic meant that I could not return to England where I was living. This house found me. When I dreamed about this at 16, I walked in the same place. It fills with humility and emotion.
You are also starring in “As bestas”, by Spanish director Rodrigo Sorogoyen, with Marina Foïs, which will be released on July 20…
It is a rural and ecological thriller. We had to learn Spanish and shoot in the mountains. It was a lot of work, but I’m surrounded by great actors like Luis Zahera, and director Rodrigo Sorogoyen is a master of tension.
Screening of “Peter von Kant” by François Ozon, followed by a meeting with Denis Ménochet and the two other young actors in the film, Khalil Gharbia and Stefan Crépon, Friday July 8, at 9 p.m., at the Eckmühl cinema in Penmarc’ hours (29)