Sábado, 9 de Agosto de 2008

European Filmmaker

by Y-E-F @ 2008-07-28 - 11:57:52

fj ossang

As I said F.J. Ossang received Underground Spirit Award at 15th European Film Festival Palic 2008.
Here's interview he gave:

The many-sided personality of F.J. Ossang simply captivates with its greatness and distinctiveness. The smile, faith in people, feeling that the underground spirit will never cease to exist and relaxed view of the world are some of the issues Ossang brought up during our short but very enjoyable conversation.

You are the winner of the Underground Spirit Award which is given for the first time this year for an outstanding achievement and, it may be said, persistence in the independent production. What does this award mean to you?

Of course, I was very happy when Petar Mitrić invited me, and after a couple of phone calls, we arranged my visit. This award is particularly dear to me because it comes from such a specific programme, the Young European Filmmakers, which cherishes the role of an individual in the universal fight for freedom.

What would be your message to young filmmakers that you have mentioned? How to remain persistent in the independent production?

It is important to explore, feel and learn about the world and people. Travelling, exchange of experience and discovering new and unknown spheres are very important aspects of modern understanding the world and people living in it.

You are a very important author in the independent production and it seems that music is an important segment of your films. What kind of music do you search for and what music leads you through making a film?

-- I’ve been a punker ever since ’77. Bands like The Clash, Sex Pistols or Richard Hell & The Voidoids from New Your have always been huge inspiration. However, it’s not only music that matters. Literature, philosophy and poetry have also greatly influenced creating my approach to the film art. Anyway, important influences are always those that broaden your perspective. Rock’n’roll is, of course, important as the very essence of the 20th century. I think the 20th century was a century of punk. I don’t mean only punk from the late 70s, but the entire French avant-garde from the beginning of the century.

You worked with late Joe Strummer from The Clash. He also played in your film Doctor Chance. What’s your experience like regarding that cooperation?

-- At the end of the 70s I was a friend of Vince Clark who wrote Brand New Cadillac, a song which was later released on The Clash’s album London Calling and which so convincingly depicts the connection of the 50s with the punk, the way the literature of William Burroughs, the father of punk, or Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation illustrate its connection with the 60s. Vince died in the early 90s, but while he was still alive, he suggested that I should work with Joe. When I called Joe and explained what it was all about, he immediately asked me for the script, came to Paris in three days and then the nights were ours. It was a very pleasant and inspiring experience with this man who was born in Ankara, lived in Mexico, Cairo, Spain and all around the world, and who, having come to Britain in the late 60s, said “What a bigoted country!”, hahahaha!

The 20th century and its modernist spirit greatly mark your films. How do you get along in this postmodernist era?

-- I don’t think this is a postmodern era. Actually, every century begins with a couple of years’ delay, so, in my opinion, this century is just beginning and we can’t say yet what it’s going to be like. I also think that postmodernism is an ancient thing, outdated in a way. I’m a modernist, haha, a new modernist. I love modernism! Rimbaud said: “We have to be modern.” That’s why I like the 20s, the Dadaists, Futurists, Surrealists... Their uncompromising tone is music to my ears. So, I think this century is just beginning and we have to open our eyes. Right now. The Olympics in China. Everything is starting now.

Yesterday I watched the films Petar Mitrić selected for the Young European Filmmakers, eight or nine animated films by different authors from different countries, from France to Croatia. Similar ideas seem to connect all the films – small man alienation, everyday work slavery, corporations ruling the world. What do you think, are the middle class and old bourgeoisie dying out and is the world being left to a handful of super rich people, while the rest of the despised are going to move to some kind of the underground as a new conscience of the world?

-- I think everything is underground. New centuries are very innovative in their early years. Look at the 20th century. Symbolism of the art movements from the early 20th century is huge. Therefore, I repeat, open your eyes, stand up and deliver! Hahahahah! There is also that link with the representatives of the Beat Generation who didn’t like hippies. Remember Burroughs’ words: “You can’t win a war fighting with flowers.” I want to say that that everything is connected and overlapping - modernists, futurists, beats, punkers, they are all fighters for freedom.

You have travelled a lot and you had the opportunity to meet different people and cultures. Do you think that people have the power to make life better and more tolerable?

-- I was born in a small place in the French mountains. As a young man I was very interested in international literature which clashed strongly with my way of life. I think travelling is very inspiring. When the situation is chaotic, international friendships become more alive. The idea of internationalism was also very close to me. I like to make films because they are so different from poetry. They speak different languages. Poetry is an intimate thing limited to one’s native language, whereas films communicate in a universal language. I like to be a stranger while I’m making a film. The world is huge in its diversity. I think it’s stupid to say that the world is small. Actually, in a way, the world is the same. Instead of coming here two days ago, I might have landed in Argentina. Everything is different compared to, for example, the time of the World War One that I don’t really like, but I think it’s impossible to predict what the world is going to be like in this century. Perhaps we need total chaos which would bring forth something new. For instance, after the World War One, that total chaos which could have cleaned everything didn’t occur and a couple of years later we had Hitler. We can’t really know. If somebody had told us about the present day in ’89, we wouldn’t have believed them. The future is unwritten. The world is constantly changing. Who knows what will be?
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