Justine Triet

Filmmaker's Portrait: JUSTINE TRIET

27 Sep 2023

Filmmaker's Portrait: JUSTINE TRIET

"A short Q&A for a portrait" - we kindly asked filmmakers of this year's Viennale, and their answers are amazing. This is JUSTINE TRIET, director of ANATOMIE D'UNE CHUTE:

1. Why did you want to make this film / tell specifically this story? 
I wanted to use a trial film as a pretext to tell the intimate story of a family. A couple first, but also a mother-son relationship. I wanted to talk about trust and the doubts that enter into a family. You never know who your parents are.

2. What was the biggest difficulty you encountered in the making of your film, and how did you overcome it?
Directing a child. And having him play a blind person. I had to plan a lot of time beforehand, and not take any risk on set. Cynthia Arra, my acting partner, helped me enormously; we formed a trio. I really think that was my biggest fear before we started, and now it is my greatest pride to feel that we've got through it together.

3. What would you like / hope for the audience to take away from your film? 
I'd like them to cherish the fact that they've spent a short amount of their lives with these people. I hope they've become attached to them a little, and I hope they feel lost. In their judgments. And that they still try to understand them after the screening. And finally, that they may recognize themselves in one of them.

4. Which film has disturbed you most, and why? 
Of all time, Cassavetes' "Opening Night". I still don't understand the film, and the soundtrack is as beautiful as the film itself.- And more recently, Bruno Dumont's "France". I think a lot of it has to do with Léa Seydoux, whom I found masterful. She reminded me of Guillaume Depardieu, the kind of actor who seems to say, I'm here but I've got something else to do elsewhere. I'll give you what I've got inside me, but I'm full of other things more important than cinema, and cinema isn't life. In short, the film impressed me greatly and destabilized me formally, too.

5. What do you like to do to be creatively inspired?
To get lost.

6 What, in your view, is the “purpose” of cinema? 
To expand the mind. Get people talking outside the cinema. To give people the chance to think about the world, to question it. For me, that means showing the complexity of life, and of human beings. It's the opposite of a TV story or a tweet. 
(answers translated from French)