Yesterday I, Mayank, Golak and Smriti went for the 6;30 show at siri fort. The movie was “Hia W’Houa” (She and He). And the director was Elyes Baccar, who was there to answer questions. I won’t say much about the movie, apart from the facts that there was just one set, an apartment of two rooms; two main characters; and it was pretty experimental.
What was most interesting was the question answer session.
Anchor: We have the director Mr. Baccar here. If you have any questions ….
Critic 1:mmmbbbl mmmmbbbbll mmmbblll
audience (chorus):plz speak in the mike.
Critic 1:I was saying that your film was remarkable, economy of sets, characters, and it was almost like a play. At least I concieve it as such. Where you influenced by the ‘The theatre of the absurd’, say Beckett.
Director:Yeah, I like Becketh, as he zays a lot without zaying anyzing. Just by actions. etc..etc..
Critic 2:The last scene, I think it made the film fall into hyper-reality. Where we know that this cannot be real but still subconsciously think it is real. The pain, angst, his infertility (other words), which He must have felt definitely play a big part. The woman in his life about whom we don’t know a lot. The Un-knowledge we have of her makes her seem unreal.
Critic3:Did you intend it to be sadomaschist, or sadist. As in when the girl seems to torture him. What did you intend to achieve?
Director: I wrote the film keeping logic aside. The most difficult thing for me was to keep that feeling, which came to me when I wrote the first line, throughout the script. I mean to keep that feeling throughout making the film. There is no logic to it. I wrote it, something came out, the end result is this film. If I were to direct this film now, I might do it differently, change the camera angles, change in direction etc. So your question is a big questionmark for me.
Critic 2(to critic 3) :You mentioned about sadism and sadomasochism, but I completely disagree. I think there’s definitely a homage to Fellini’s ‘Leather .mmbbl mmmbl’, in this film. Also the way ….. … is ……… etc..etc..
In short I hate critics.