Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Background from Olivier Assayas














“Cinema is such a heavy machine. I try to have a lighter touch. It is something I’ve always been trying to find. I think that heaviness is the worst thing in the world and I try to take that weight out of my work. The lightness of touch is what Impressionist painters have and that’s really worth aiming at,” says writer/director Olivier Assayas during the filming of his feature, Clean.


“The screenplay is one of the steps that takes you to wherever the film is leading you,” Assayas continues. “I don’t believe in screenplays as some kind of literary work. The words are a starting point. I am more than happy when actors add whatever they feel. The ideas have to be simple and then they take life through the actors. The words become what they are because the actors lift them up. I rely on the actors and audiences do too. Audiences relate to a film through actors and when you make a film, you have to trust in the actors, believe in them. They are the flesh and blood and the life.”

Clean started with writing a story and characters and then a screenplay. The story is fiction, but it goes back to the desire I’ve had to write something for Maggie Cheung. I wanted to construct a project around her where she is not a Chinese woman in a Western film or playing some archetype of a Chinese woman. In many ways, Maggie is more Western than Chinese and I wanted to create a character that any actress could play,” he explains.

“The character of Emily had been in my life for a while. It predates even writing Demonlover,” he recalls. The story was born one night in Acapulco. Assayas was jet-lagged, unable to sleep, and began jotting down a rough outline of the first act. That is when the character of Emily took shape, but it took a year and half for those notes to become an actual screenplay. “I dropped the idea until a couple of elements clicked together that made sense in a story. It’s not something I can force; it comes very naturally. I had written quite a bit, but I wanted to cut it down to leave the essentials. This needed to be a very simple story focusing on the emotions that related the characters to each other. I wanted to simplify it.”

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The character of Emily had been in my life for a while. It predates even writing Demonlover,” he recalls. The story was born one night in Acapulco.


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