Andre Delvaux, you are a bit of an awards man. I have read an incredible list.
Since you started in cinema, you have always been appreciated, either when you had a film presented at the young cinema festival, at the Pesaro festival, etc.
I'm not going to list them because there are so many.
So your film "Belle" is the most recent, do you think that it has a chance at the Cannes festival?
It's not very important.
At the Cannes festival there are about ten Belgian films, some years ago, there might not have been one, that's the important thing.
In any case, we've moved on to something else, "Belle" has been very well received, very well understood by the people who are talking about it, and that's clearly the main thing.
As for the rest, you know I'm not against awards.
So there is Belgian cinema at the moment?
I think so.
For how many years in your opinion?
It all started three or four years ago, very progressively.
Production is continuous now, you can see at Cannes for instance certain films by young people notably, which have real quality.
You are Belgian I believe, you say it with all the images throughout your film "Belle", you are really very used to the Belgian landscape where you were born.
Do you find it important to develop this landscape?
I find that essential, that is, that the subject is born of the landscape.
Nevertheless I come from there, these are the people that I know, the lifestyle that I know well.
And I believe that if you are going to talk, you have to talk about what you know and nothing else.
On the other hand, you have hired foreign actors to make this film, Daniele Delorme, the French woman who is here on this stage, Adriana Bogdan, you were born in France I believe?
No I was born in Romania.
You were born in Romania but you came to France.
And the main actor who is Swiss. Why did you not choose Belgian actors?
In Belgium, there is only a very small pool of actors.
Furthermore when they are good, they systematically work in the theatre, they're not free.
So I looked in the French speaking world, that is, in France, in Switzerland, in Belgium or in Canada, for people who could suit the roles exactly.
And I believe that the choices ended up being very effective, it's quite a stroke of luck.
Daniele Delorme, the critics were unanimous, everyone was delighted that you played the role of Mattieu's wife.
Did you like this role?
It's one of the most beautiful roles that you can offer someone, she's not the perfect woman.
So it's rare. And as Andre has shown very well, yes I was very happy.
And then I was just plain happy because it was an epic film, it's a film where you could talk, it's a film where you could discuss, exist, live.
And I believe that the joy that we had in shooting it, in being together, in understanding, shows in a certain way on the screen.
So there are people who say of Andre that he's a poet, it's true, and that he has secrets, it's true.
And I believe that these secrets, he has tried to share them with us in a certain way during filming, and I think that also shows on the screen, in a certain way.
Maybe secretly, but there's a charm which comes out of all that which means that there's a...life.
It's true that this film is not shocking, it isn't...
But what does not shocking mean?
Just, I agree with you when you say that it's quite secretive, that it has quite a secret charm, but I believe that's why people can love the film.
You said just now that during the film, it was interesting and important for you to be able to talk,
and yet you, Adriana Bogdan to be precise, you have a practically silent role, I believe that you say four or five words throughout the film.
Yes but you know, in order to communicate, you don't need many words.
You know, I don't speak in the film not because I can't speak.
It's a great role.
But because it's not necessary to speak.
I believe that it's important to explain that you play the role of a woman who Mattieu meets while leading a perfectly normal life, what's more you even feel that he's in love with his wife, who is played by Daniele Delorme in the film.
But there is a huge problem that he resolves a bit with us, that is the disappearance of his daughter who ran away to get married.
You, you are the woman who he meets at that moment where he is a little bit lost, he falls in love with you,
And then there is this man, who he discovers and who he didn't expect to be with you, and who becomes the same enemy as the future husband of his daughter.
Yes, you understood this film very well, that's how it is.
I understood the film well?
Yes, very well.
Thank you. I wonder, no, we don't have any other extracts from this film.
We will now show you a little report which we made yesterday evening.