Séances Spéciales Longs Métrages | 2019
Aude Léa Rapin: "That the more a scenario is solid the better the result will be. Until now I was afraid to write. I was afraid that writing froze ideas. "
LES HÉROS NE MEURENT JAMAIS | World Premiere
France / Belgium / Bosnia and Herzegovina | 1h 25’
After being violently called out by a stranger, Joachim believes he is the reincarnation of a Serbian soldier who died on the very day he was born. He embarks with his friend Alice and a small film crew on a journey to Bosnia to track back details of his former life.
Hi Aude heroes Don't Die will have its World Premiere at the Semaine de la Critique, what does it mean to be bringing your film to Cannes?
It means a lot to me and to my team. Cannes is the most beautiful setting to present a film.
Especially a first feature. I feel lucky to be welcomed there.
Will there be any nerves ahead of the festival or are you just taking it all in your stride?
It is an ambivalent feeling. There is a lot of joy but also of fear. I have shown the film to almost nobody. I feel very excited to present it to an audience, to the press but it goes along with inevitable apprehension.
What do you hope to take away from your time at Cannes?
I hope to take away with me enough confidence to keep on making films.
Can you tell me a little bit about Heroes Don't Die, how did this film come about?
A beggar I passed in a street in Paris, had an original way to earn money and interest passers-by: he’d tell them a story about themselves, confusing them. Giving them names that weren’t theirs… I wondered what it would be like to meet this man in a fiction film and believe in one of his stories. After a few days of reflection, I decided to take this starting point and unfold a story about reincarnation.
What was the inspiration behind this film?
I wanted to make a film about the vertigo of death. And I wanted to shoot this film in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A country haunted by the ghosts of the war of the 90s.
"Now it is a question of keeping the intuitions intact but of associating them with a more elaborate thought."
What was the most challenging part of bringing Heroes Don't Die to life?
The budget issue was tricky especially with a film like this one with a shooting abroad on a bizarre scenario! But, in the end, everything went really well.
What have been the important lessons you've taken from making Heroes Don't Die?
With this film, I learned that the place of the script in the making of a film is essential. That the more a scenario is solid the better the result will be. Until now I was afraid to write. I was afraid that writing froze ideas. This film allowed me to overcome this fear.
How much has your background as a short film director prepared you for making your debut feature?
The short films allowed me to lay the foundations of my work, my method. In my personal journey, it was essential for me to first go through the short film format before embarking on a feature.
Have you always had a passion for filmmaking?
How much has your approach to your films changed since your first film?
I think the maturity changes, especially in the years between 20 and 30 years. I do things with more awareness. My short films were more intuitive gestures. Now it is a question of keeping the intuitions intact but of associating them with a more elaborate thought.
Is there any advice you've been given that's stuck with you?
“We only make movies”. This simple thought helps me through difficult times.
Do you have any advice you would offer a fellow filmmaker?
Go for it.
And finally, what do you hope people will take away from Heroes Don't Die?
Hum… It's hard to answer, I’ve just finished the film, I am not sure I allow myself to hope anything at that moment!