1.Tell us about your movie, where did the idea of this movie come from?
The movie is about a young student who tries to pass his oral exam about freedom of speech, but he stutters, so he tries to get over it to express himself… The idea came from my personal life. I am myself a stutter since I’m child and I suffered a lot from this. This short film is a cathartic movie. I also thought that the stuttering is very cinematographic, because it communicates not just only by words, but mostly by pictures.
2.Tell us about yourself, your education, your experience. We would like to know you better.
Filmmaker since 2003, I worked on many independent short films, but also on commercials and corporate films. I’ve been studying cinema during 5 years at La Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. As a passionate filmmaker, Cinema for me is a great tool : the fact that you can express yourself freely with a crew, telling a deep story with amazing actors and be creative at same time, giving emotions to the people… It is the best art of all arts!
3. Has this film been previously appeared in any other festivals? If so, which festivals?
No, the film hasn’t been appeared in any other festivals, it’s a World Premiere.
4. How have you discovered members of your team and how do you keep the relationship with them strong?
The Luxembourg Film Fund gave me their trust and the opportunity to direct my short film. I am very grateful and thankful to them for that. It was also amazing to work with Wady Films production. They give me a lot of freedom to direct my movie with professionalism. The subject of stuttering is also very deep and strong, so all the crew was very involved during the shooting, because they knew that it was my personal story, so the relationship became naturally strong and sincere.
5. How do you usually get funding for your films?
I think there is no a real recipe to get fundings. It depends of the tendencies, of the expectations of the jury. There is lot of competitions also. Well, for me, I think you need to write a good script first. It’s not easy because you are always inspired by other great movies. So you need to be original and creative, sharing a sincere part of yourself to the audience. Because the more you are unique in your script, the more you get the chance to make your movie exist.
6. How did you hear about Tehran Short Film Festival? How familiar are you with Iranian cinema?
Iranian Cinema has made deep and very emotional movies. Each year, they are getting better and better. The Youth in Iran had lot of talent to share to the audience. Cinema allowed that freedom to express themselves artistically and that its great! I’m born in 1983 and so I have the same age as the Tehran Short Film Festival. So I’m very happy to celebrate this 39 years together! Also, I went to Tehran 10 years ago because my short film « The Mammy » was selected at this Festival, so I’m very happy to comeback again! It’s really a great honor to be selected and more now that it became a Festival Oscar Qualifying. I hope this time I will get an award that represents all the stutters of the world on the International Stutter Day which is the 22th October 2022. It will be like a dream.
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