How did this project begin? And how did you conceive this film?
We have to go back to fall 2015. I was in between commercial jobs and I felt the need to write a new personal project, a film. I wanted to speak for myself.
I sat down and started writing for a couple of days. The story was originally called ‘A Split’. It changed when I decided to make my story around one prop: the flower box.
I think it took me about 40 days to put the production together. So we shot the film on December 19th, 2015.
It’s was all self-financed and made possible by the help of my incredible team that came and worked for free.
When production was done, it took me 2 years to edit the film because I was too busy shooting commercials. Also, maybe because It took me over 20 versions of the edit before I settled on one.
When it came to voice over, I decided to write it like rap lyrics. I wrote the voice over late 2017 only when the edit was done. I wanted this to sound like an open letter to a loved one.
What are the main themes, feelings, aspects you wanted to highlight in this film and why?
The idea was to tell a dark and sad story through a visual and beautiful twist.
It’s a story about opening up to others, literally by creating a wound into someone’s skin. It’s a call for help.
The main character wants to be able to be touched and to touch others.
I wanted this film to end with the metaphorical murder of the main character. It didn’t make the cut.
My protagonist lets his action speak for himself. He hides a deathly message inside a bouquet of flowers. Because he is unable to say what he wants to say.
(By the way, the flower box is a direct reference to the “Terminator 2” prop, in which the Terminator hides a shotgun.)
Why did you decide to shoot both with video and “gif”? What aspect of the loop did you like the most?
I shot “Fleurs: Between Us Two” a year after I did my experimental film “GOMME”. I wanted to do narrative by using the same looping technique I created that year before.
We remember things in short moments; that’s how our brain and memories are constructed. And since the movie is a look at the past, I felt like using fractions of time (6-10 frames) was relevant.
I shot with the Red Scarlet camera, no pictures. I create the loops in editing. I decided to edit away from the computer by using over 200 printed stills from the movie. I printed every single shot on paper and I edited the movie like a photo-novel on my dining room table.
To what drink would you compare love and why?
Get drunk on the best quality alcohol you can afford.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m writing a new short film I will shoot in Kiev next month. I think it’s a father-son relationship, it is still a work in progress tho. I hope this one will release next fall.
I’m also really excited about summer coming.