Bleunuit direct ’20/20′ for Rimon.
Filmed in Ethiopia.
Words from Bleunuit below.
Could you tell us about the writing and pitching process?
BN: For Rimon, this music represents an escape from the virtual world, a return to nature, a kind of rebirth. She had only one desire: to be born again in the land of her father, Ethiopia.
Having worked with her in the past, we had already gained a lot of trust. This allowed us to go as far as possible in the direction without being too attached to what we had written, but by going in an almost documentary way, filming the beauty of her country of origin.
How long did you spend in Ethiopia, could you tell us about a few of the locations you ended up shooting?
The goal was to shoot during blue hour all the time, so we were casting in the streets during the day, or traveling.
BN: We spent two weeks in Ethiopia. During these two weeks we mixed location scouting, casting, and shooting quite intensively to see as much of the country as possible. The goal was to shoot during blue hour all the time, so we were casting in the streets during the day, or traveling and shooting at sunrise and sunset.
We were extremely lucky to be filming in the crater of a volcano, 50 meters away from active lava. It was quite incredible to experience, you realise how small you are and how beautiful and powerful nature is.
Did you work with a local crew?
Yes, we worked with a lot of local people. In terms of production, we couldn’t have asked for better people, Hiwot and Beza were determined to provide the best for the film.
One of the big difficulties was obviously directing the actors, knowing that there are 40 different languages in Ethiopia, we always needed a translator to have our actors understand and rehearse the actions. We went through a lot of universal language, body language, and imitation, which was quite fun and made us meet people in such a strong and unusual way.
We went through a lot of universal language, body language, and imitation, which was quite fun and made us meet people in such a strong and unusual way.
It’s a very delicate edit, I’m interested in your shooting and cutting approach in this respect.
BN: We wanted to show things how they were. Let the images flow one by one telling the story in the most simple way. The longer the shot could stay, the longer we let it live.
What are you reading at the moment?
BN: ‘Coenesthésie’ – a collection of poems by Daniil Zozulya.
- Louis Lekien
- Maky Margaridis
- Hiwot Admasu Getaneh, Beza Hailu Lemma
- Executive Producer
- Maky Margaridis, Salome Fleischmann
- Antoine Cormier
- Director of Photography
- Jaime Jarvis, Rim Negash
- Remy Monti
- Dante Pasquinelli
- Bleunuit, Efuye Gela Films
- Production Company