Posted On May 8, 2016 By In Blog, CaFA, CaFA News, caribbean, caribbean film, Filmmaker Focus And 825 Views

CaFA Q+A with Nadia Charlery

nadia caribbean film 250Nadia Charlery
Filmmaker
“ENTRE DEUX”
Martinique

Watch “ENTRE DEUX” now!

“ENTRE DEUX,” was released last week on Studio Anansi Tv.

A man is alone in a wasteland, when a phone in a booth rings … He hesitates, but finally picks up the phone. An unknown woman is talking, mistaking him for someone else ….

We talked with Nadia a bit about her work, and filmmaking in the Caribbean, in general.

CARIBBEAN FILM:
In your own words, tell us what this film is about and why you chose to tell this story.

NC:
This film Is about synchronisity and non-randomness. Even if you don’t get it, the story shows things happen for a reason. Also, I’ve always been interested in misunderstandings…


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Scene from “ENTRE DEUX”


CARIBBEAN FILM:
Did you use any visual references during preproduction? What was that process like? What did you choose from?

NC:
Not really.  I wanted it to be a “closed door,” with good lighting, close ups, and to be really in the skin of the character.  I knew I could count on my actor and DOP for that!


CARIBBEAN FILM:
What was the most challenging aspect of making the film, and why was that so?

NC:
The first challenge was time.  We had only one night to shoot the film, because the actor was leaving town the next day, and was busy shooting another film, the days before.  The second challenge was money.  We had no budget to do it.  Thankfully, my production company, Chronoprod Films, provided what I needed, and of course the great team (technicians and actors), who accepted the deal.


CARIBBEAN FILM:
Describe some your best experiences while making the film and some of your worst. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything?

NC:
The best thing turned out to be the weather. I was afraid it would rain, and since we didn’t have time left, it would have been problematic. My worst was seeing the time running so fast. When it was 4am, everybody was tired, but we had to finish.  If I had to do it again, I would do it in two nights to preserve the team. (My actor, almost had a car accident on his way back, because he was driving tired).


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Scene from “ENTRE DEUX”


CARIBBEAN FILM:
What do you want the audience to take away from this film?

NC:
I’d Like the audiance to wonder what realLy happened.


CARIBBEAN FILM:
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you became a filmmaker.

NC:
I’m a Caribbean woman filmaker, from Martinique.  Since I was young, I’ve always loved to write … to imagine stories.  So, when a got older, I couldn’t see anything else to do than espress myself with a pen and camera. Before making my own filmm, I worked a lot as assitant director on commercials, tv shows, short films, documentaries and now finally, as a Director.


CARIBBEAN FILM:
If you were to pick an aspect of filmmaking – producing, writing, directing, cinematography, editing – which would be your favorite? why is that? – which do you dislike the most? and why is that?

NC:
Writing, is I think my favorite, because it is the moment when everything is possible.  You imagine, visualise your characters, the scenes, the details and don’t have yet to deal with technical and finance issues.  Directing is exciting, but also stressful. I also like editing (I’m editing my films myself) because it’s the continuation of directing. What I dislike most, is producing.  It’s the financial part and I’m really bad with numbers and math.


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Shot from “ENTRE DEUX”

CARIBBEAN FILM:
If you did not have to think about a budget, what film would you make and who would you cast as the lead actors? (ideal world question)

NC:
Well, we will see when I get there ;), but I think I’d like first of all to do a movie with black actors.  In France, black actors are not well-represented in films.  They usaualy get small roles or stereotypical roles, so I’d like to do a French film, where blacks can be any caracter – business leader, doctor, husband, politician, heroes, etc…


CARIBBEAN FILM:
Currently, there is a sort of awakening in the Caribbean to filmmaking as a form of artistic expression … you are a part of this “new wave”… can you share with us your thoughts on what is currently happening and where you see this energy leading filmmakers? Is there much of a difference between what’s happening in the French Caribbean as opposed to the English and Spanish Caribbean?

NC:
I can also feel this awakening in the French Caribbean, and I’m confident in future for us.


CARIBBEAN FILM:
Do you think there is a “Caribbean film aesthetic” being created as more and more films are being made? If so, can you describe what you’re seeing as that aesthetic?

NC:
In Martinique, I dont have enough oportunities (and that’s to bad) to see Caribbean films, to realy juddge, but I feel like there is “a Caribbean touch.”


CARIBBEAN FILM:
And then some completely random questions: What is your fav film (or 2 or 3) all time? What did you enjoy about it the most?

NC:
I dont have one favorite film, but many films I really like.  So its easier for me to say what I don’t realy like – Sci-Fiction, or fantastic films are not realy my cup of tea.  I enjoy real life films more.


CARIBBEAN FILM:
What is your fav Caribbean film? What did you enjoy about it the most?

NC:
As I said, I haven’t seen enough Caribbean films to give my favorite.  The one that came to my mind though, is Captain T&T.  I really like the style.  But thanks to StudioAnansi, I’m working on improving my knowledge … Ask me again next year ! 😉

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Shot from “CAPT T&T”


CARIBBEAN FILM:
Is there a particular director’s work you admire? If so, who is that and what is it about their work you admire?

NC:
I like the aesthetic of Asian films; the black humor and writing of Tarantino; the emotion of some French New Wave, young directors.  What I like is when a film has great visuals, but also shake my emotions (whatever they are) and don’t let me mindless…


We hope you enjoyed reading the interview as much as we enjoyed sharing it. Visit Studio Anansi Tv, to watch this and other great Caribbean films.

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