Filmmaker’s Name: Fred Castadot
Film Title: Blazing Sun (Plein Soleil)
Film TRT: 24 min.
Genre(s): Drama, Thriller
In 50 words or less, what is your film about?
It is the story of a young father who is so overwhelmed by pressure and the heat that he forgets about his priorities. He is “dazzled” and “blinded” by a society entirely moulded by work, competitiveness, technology, thirst for success, crisis… A society that drives us away from what matters the most: the people we love.
What inspired you to make this particular film?
During heatwaves, everyone knows that extra precautions have to be taken while seating one’s child in a car, especially when talking about an infant. Despite that common knowledge, accidents happen regularly. Every year, young children are left unattended under a Blazing Sun. Every year tragedies, such as the one depicted in this short movie, take place. Every year, it’s the same story, the same blighted fates, the same incomprehension… After one of those accidents, you could read in the newspaper “If it can happen to Eric, it can happen to anyone.” Those were the words of a father’s lawyer in front of the magistrate’s court.
What’s the best experience you had making this film? What’s the worst? Why?
When people work with babies and children, people say that sometimes it is the hell, and it is always a challenge. Here, in that case, it was just a dream and a pleasure. On the set, everybody was so quiet and attentive to not disturb the little Gustave. At that moment, we can feel in the air that all the crew wants to make the same movie. And every time we see the baby on the screen, it was just perfect for us. For instance, the last scene under the shower was shot in two takes of ten minutes. Everybody told me that a baby doesn’t like shower and he will scream… It was not true! And during all the scene, we were all with tears in the eyes: It was very powerful! So the worst moment, was when I had to say “cut”.
In your opinion, what’s the best film ever made? The worst? Why?
It’s a very hard question. For me, a movie doesn’t have to be the best. A movie has to tell something to the audience. It’s not a competition. And I have very strange tastes in cinema. But if you want a secret: The last scene with the children is a kind of homage to the last scene of Fritz Lang’s M, one of the best movie ever.
RE: a short bio… Tell us about your start in filmmaking. Who are your heroes? Did you get your start as an actor? A screenwriter? A grip?
I am a screenwriter (in fact, I am the vice president of a Belgian screenwriters guild). It’s my first movie as a director,… to be honest, I never was on a set before that. But It’s the first movie of a lot of people (main actors, sound, production designer, music, production,…). I had great fun, because I believed it will be the first and the last movie I made. So I tried a lot of things and every time somebody told me “don’t do that”, I wanted to try. And now, I changed my opinion, it will not be my last movie as a director…
Tell us about your connection to Mississippi. If you don’t have one, why did you choose to enter Crossroads Film Festival?
I saw the name of the festival in the Movie Maker’s list. When you are Belgian, Mississippi is a kind of unreal place filled with spirits, alligators, blues music, bayoo, vaudoo (sorry for the cliché), It’s clearly a place you are excited to discover as a storyteller.
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