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Hardy-Carnac’s “Tunisia 2045” shows the desperation in all of us

A father and his daughter are waiting, worried and tired. A simple gesture could decide their future…

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Q/A with Ted Hardy-Carnac

1. What first drew you to pursue making this specific film project?

For this specific project, the first reason was the political situation in France and in Europe with the refugee crisis. A lot of French (and European) people wanted to protect themselves rather than helping human beings in desperate situations, without understanding that these desperate people were themselves in horrible and random circumstances. We are all potentially refugees, and we have to help each other. This is why I made this film, a film about empathy.

2. What is your favorite part of the filmmaking process and why? Any examples of this from your project screening at the MWFF?

My favorite part is the shooting! This is the moment of truth: it is very intense and you can’t cheat, as you can when you are writing or cutting. You have the true life in front of you, actual actors who are actual people, actual settings, actual light. You have to compose with all these elements and find the spark. On one hand, your preparation (what you have written, what you have planned) and in the other hand, the truth of the shooting, and when your plans meet the truth, you have to find solutions and new ideas, you have to go over your plans and over the truth to create something special which is a part of yourself, with the help and the talents of all your team, and this special thing will be your film. For example for this project, a side of the room of the shooting showed the parisian street, and we did not manage to hide it as it was planned. Thus, all the action had to be concentrated in a small part of the room of the shooting, and this constraint made us intensify the action on a very small area. The tension was all the more perceptible.

3. What were some influences for you on this project and/or as a filmmaker in general?

For the light and the colors, the main influence was “Children of Men,” by Alfonso Cuaron. As a filmmaker, my influences are some directors I admire, like Stanley Kubrick, Spike Jonze, Mark Romanek and Christopher Nolan.

4. What’s your favorite film?

My favorite film is “Requiem for a dream” by Darren Aronofsky, but I could also speak about “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (Michel Gondry), “Memento” (Christopher Nolan), “The Truman Show” (Peter Weir), “Her” (Spike Jonze), “2001 : a Space Odyssey” (Stanley Kubrick), “Waltz with Bachir” (Ari Folman), or “Jules et Jim” (François Truffaut).

“Tunisia 2045” is the eighth short film in the Short Film Session #3, starting on Saturday, August 26 at 11am.

2017 MWFF TICKET INFORMATION

Fest tickets can be purchased online below or at mosaicfilmfest.com/attend for $10.

These are all screening/all weekend VIP tickets. They will also be available on Friday, August 25th at the Nordlof Center box office during the event.

Single day tickets will be available at the box office on both Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th. They cost $5. Those tickets are only available on August 26th and 27th and are good for a full day of screenings on the day purchased.

For more information about the 2017 Mosaic World Film Festival as well as a list of all the films being featured visit mosaicfilmfest.com.

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