Interview with Filmmaker Didier Mulleras (FAKTORY 92)

1. What motivated you to make this film?

First of all, the place: this vast empty warehouse that I had at my disposal. Then, the desire to pay tribute to an evening that I had organized in 1992, which was called the “Factory night” , a tribute to Andy Warhol’s Factory. This evening was a pretty crazy concept, one of the first free parties in the south of France, which brought together a lot of artists, dancers, musicians, painters, sculptors, circus artists. This evening took place from 8 p.m. in the evening until 8 a.m. non-stop, in a warehouse near the Canal du Midi in Béziers. It brought together about 8,000 people, they were able to enter and leave freely, discovering live art, listening to DJs mixing, musicians playing, watching experimental video projections with professional dancers performing.

So, for this film FAKTORY 92, I wanted to find the energy that floated in that evening of 1992, when people were both very festive, dancing everywhere, or others motionless and captivated by the artistic and plastic proposals. It is really on these memories that I worked, as much for the direction of the movement and the choreography, as for the shooting, the editing, and the music of the film that I composed.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

About a month for pre-writing. Filming was done very quickly, just one day, and then about a month and a half for editing and final production.

3. How would you describe your film in two words!?

It is a very particular filmic proposition, a strange universe, where choreography and everyday gestures mix and unite. We don’t really know if the people on the screen end up partying or if they start their working day in a warehouse…

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

I didn’t really had any obstacles, as I am mastering all the steps of my films. I thus work to the rhythm of my desires or ideas, without constraints of time, production or imposed release date.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

The reactions were really good. People who saw the film completely immersed themselves in it, they felt a lot of things that were in my initial script. And then, what is certainly the most interesting for me, I also had a lot of personal readings and interpretations, which went beyond my screenplay.

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

I started filming when I was a kid, borrowing my dad’s Super 8 camera. Then, teenager and adult, I always filmed the moments of my life, then , my artistic projects. In 1998, I started a cycle of choreographic creations directly linked to the image, with the project “DFC dance for camera” which really started on the internet with the films “mini@tures”, one of the first videodance projects created for the web.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

It must certainly be an Alfred Hitchcock or Stanley Kubrick film. But I think it’s David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, especially the TV show in 1990 and then the great sequel in 2017. Lynch is an eternal inspiration for me.

8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?

Your festival is already doing a really valuable, effective and excellent job of showcasing films and directors like me ! The fact that you carry out interviews with the public, following the screening of films, is essential for us, authors, because we thus have a direct link with spectators and their opinions.

9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?

The use of FilmFreeway is really simple and well studied, it really facilitates the submission of my experimental films to suitable festivals.

10. What is your favorite meal?

I really like chili con carne. But also a dish from the south of France, where I live, and which is called “rouille de seiche”

11. What is next for you? A new film?

I’m still creating. I do a lot of “DFC dance for camera” workshops, that allow me to test, experiment and film. I currently have 2 short films in writing and in preparation, “Fragile” and “specimen.828”, which will be released soon.

By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival www.wildsound.ca

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