Following a difficult visit at the apartment of her dying father, Agnes decides to escape to a pension in the forest. Immersed in a world that wavers between reality and dream, Agnes will have no choice but to confront her mourning.
Hi Marianne, thanks for talking to TNC, how is everything going?
It’s a pleasure! I am good thanks.
Celle Qui Porte La Pluie is part of the Not Short on Talent selection what does it mean to be bringing your film to Cannes?
It feels special in a very good way. The film was still in post-production when I got the news, so it was an exciting setting in which to finish the film. Will there be any nerves ahead of the festival or are you just taking it all in your stride? I am simply thrilled to go and I plan to enjoy the ride.
What do you hope to take away from your time at Cannes?
I am most excited to see all those amazing films and do some interesting encounters.
Can you tell me a little bit about Celle Qui Porte La Pluie, how did this film come about?
The first flash of the film appeared to me in India. I was travelling during the monsoon season. There was something about the rain and the sound of it, the luscious green everywhere, being wet and humid all the time, struggling to find shelter, all that mood. It was melancholic and beautiful.
What was the inspiration behind this film?
My dad was sick and we knew we didn't have much time left together. It was hard for me to express how I felt about it. So I made this film.
"I think I always knew I was going to express myself through art."
What was the most challenging part of bringing Celle Qui Porte La Pluie to life?
The timing of it. Making the film at that moment was very charged emotionally, but it was really important to me to do it no matter what. It had its hard parts, but it was worth it.
I received so much help and love in the process. Almost everyone I know helped in a way or another. It was very moving.
What have been the important lessons you've taken from making Celle Qui Porte La Pluie?
The first spark of a film is precious. I refer to the essence of the first motivation of creation and staying close to that through all the process is necessary.
Have you always had a passion for filmmaking?
I was initiated very young to visual arts and films. I think I always knew I was going to express myself through art. I tried many things before knowing for sure that making films was the most complete way for me to do so.
How much has your approach to your films changed since your debut film?
I changed, so I guess my approach also changed but I don’t really think about that. For me, it’s more a question of feeling and intuition. I see it as a growing process. It’s constantly in movement but it always makes its way back to the roots.
Is there any advice you've been given that's stuck with you?
My dad used to say to me: Keep it cool.
For me, it means to stay grounded and positive. It gives perspective to be connected to yourself.
Do you have any advice you would offer a fellow filmmaker?
My mantra these days is: Let it go, then keep going.
I think it could apply.
And finally, what do you hope people will take away from Celle Qui Porte La Pluie?
It’s for them alone to decide!