Karlovy Vary International Film Festival successfully ended on Saturday, but we still have a few people to introduce from the Future Frames programme, which was focusing on 10 European film students and graduates from 10 different schools around the continent. We met six of them already, so here’s the lucky seventh, Moïra Pitteloud from Switzerland, and his short film The Offer.
How does it feel to be choosen into the Future Frames programme?
I was really honored and excited when I discovered I was selected in Future Frames. Karlovy Vary is an old and well know festival so I was over the moon to hear the news.
How would you describe your short film in one sentence? What does it mean to you?
Sami is about to accept a job in the Swiss Bureau of Intelligence, at the risk of betraying his own values. Through this film I hope to expose the exclusion experienced by certain Arab immigrants or Swiss nationals of Arab origin. They are often turned down for the positions they apply for, since candidates who are less ‘ethnic’ are preferred for these posts. This practice applies even to those who have grown up in Switzerland, who match the job profile and who possess the required qualifications. But these jobseekers suddenly spark the interest of certain Intelligence offices when they can be used as surveillance tools, or as infiltrators in the communities they have ties to.
What’s the first line in the film? What or who are we seeing in the opening scene? What are the colors? The sounds?
The first sentences is: “From now on, if people ask questions tell them you have failed this application.”
In the opening scene we see a young man dressed for an interview waiting in ascetic corridor. There is no one around. we only hear the sound of the neon light shedding white lignt on the scene. Then we hear a door closing and the sound of muffled footsteps. A tall man in a suit invite the young man to follow him and we watch them disappear along the corridor. The tints chosen are pretty light and desatureted.
How was the circumstances of the shooting?
The shooting was an exciting moment with lots of ups and down. But my team, especially my actors, were always ready to work until we would have the feeling to have exactly what we needed.
What do you expect from the Future Frames programme?
First of all I am really looking forward to meeting the other directors selected by the festival and to discover their work. I want to discuss with them about cinema share opinions with them about the way they work. And I want to disuss with them how they cope with the writing and shootings now that we are all no longer students. Secondly participating to the Future Frames could give my the opportunity to meet a wide range of other people in the cinema industry.
How is the situation of short film in your country? Will you keep on making short films in the future, even after graduation?
It is not impossible to find fundings for short film in switzerland though not many producers are interested to engage themself in the process of financing one. Because short films is a lot of work but doesn’t allow them to work any money. I find this situation rather sad because shortfilms are a great opportunity to cut your theeth as a director. I am currently working on a new one.
Read the previous interviews of the Future Frames!