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Bernard Attal

Bernard Attal

Director of The Invisible Collection, Brazil

Q: What film inspired you to start a career as a filmmaker?

A: La Grande Illusion (Jean Renoir, 1937). It successfully mixes drama with comedy, and circulates between the different social classes, leaving us with a message of hope despite the surrounding tragedy.

Q: Did you make The Invisible Collection with a specific audience in mind?

A: I had hoped to touch people who like well-narrated stories, regardless of the genre. I thought we would reach both a young audience in search of meaning in their life and older people for whom memories are important.

Q: What memorable events happened during the production of The Invisible Collection?

A: It was the last film of legendary Brazilian actor Walmor Chagas. During the shooting, I had the intuition that it would be so, because Walmor had turned almost completely blind. I wanted him to do another take and another take, and refused to let him go. Walmor committed suicide in January 2013, a few weeks after attending the premiere of the film.

Q: What did you learn from working on The Invisible Collection?

A: Being my first feature film, I learned to trust more the reality around me and let the door of the set open to surprises and improvisation. I learned that there was no need to do many takes and cover all angles, but rather that it was important to focus on the characters and on the key moments.

Q: If you could work with any actor, living or dead, who would it be?

A: Alive: Ricardo Darin, Gabriel Byrne, Juliette Binoche, Niels Arestrup, Francisca Gavilan.
Dead: Henry Fonda, Vitorio Gassman, Ingrid Thulin and Barbara Stanwick

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