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Interview – Jeremy Comte – ‘Fauve’ – A Short Film


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Interview – Jeremy Comte – ‘Fauve’ – A Short Film

Director Jeremy Comte’s heartfelt live action short portrays an innocent power game between two boys that escalates beyond their control. Produced by Evren Boisjoli (Achromatic Media) and Maria Gracia Turgeon (Midi La Nuit) and distributed by H264 Distribution, Fauve won six Oscar-qualifying film awards (Palm Springs Shortfest, Encounters Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Aspen Shortfest, Regard Sur le Court and Vienna Shorts).

After playing at over 80 film festivals, Fauve will have a Vimeo Staff Pick Premiere. Simultaneously, the film will also be released on “Short of the Week” and “Nowness”.

Jeremy Comte directed his first short documentary “Feel The Hill” at eighteen years old, landing him a world tour with the Banff Mountain Film Festival. His connection with nature and curiosity for the human condition deepened with his travels around the globe. Comte is roused by psychological, raw narratives finding meaningful connections through poetic imagery. His latest short fiction film “Fauve” won Special Jury Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. He is currently writing his first feature film.

Producer Evren Boisjoli is the founder of Achromatic Media Inc. His filmography includes titles such as Fauve (Sundance), We’re Still Together (Karlovy Vary, Best Narrative Feature at New Hampshire), Lovers Lost (Best Feature Film at Trinity International Festival), Lite Spots (Nominated at MMVA, UKVMA, Cannes YDA, Junos), as co-producer, The Chaperone 3D (TIFF Honorable Mention and Top Ten, Slamdance) and most recently, as executive producer, PRE-DRINK (Best Canadian Short at TIFF).

Passionate about the power of cinematic storytelling, Maria Gracia Turgeon cofounded Midi La Nuit. She has produced numerous short films including Marc-Antoine Lemire’s PRE-DRINK (Best Canadian Short Film TIFF 2017), How Tommy Lemenchick Became A Grade 7 Legend by Bastien Alexandre (Tribeca 2018), Fauve by Jeremy Comte (Sundance Special Jury Award 2018, Telluride 2018) and Brotherhood By Meryam Joobeur, (Best Canadian short at TIFF 2018). She is currently developing several feature films with talented storytellers.

Interview - Jeremy Comte - ‘Fauve’ - A Short Film


To begin with, tell us about your latest film ‘Fauve’… Where did the idea come from? How did you get involved with the film?

Growing up in the countryside, the inspiration for Fauve came from some childhood dreams I had at that time. They kept visiting me throughout all my life at different moments, where I could recall the emotion and a clear scenery from them, but I didn’t mind them too much. About four years ago, I was running on a small muddy road under a light rain in the countryside and it all came back to me. I knew at this moment I had to make a film out of theses memories, exploring childhood in a raw and authentic way taking place in an unpredictable nature.

Tell us about the cast, who is starring?

At first, my casting director  «Victor T.B.» and I started to cast young actors in Montreal, but they were mostly too «proper» for what we were looking for. Growing up in the countryside, I wanted kids that are used to playing in the outdoors, with a “rough around the edges” kind of energy. We reached out to many schools around the area where we were shooting and auditioned 50 boys. Felix  Grenier and Alexandre Perrault had both a natural charisma and transparency that struck me. Their own personality and their suggestions on the project brought the script to another level and certainly to a more genuine one. I did a lot of rehearsals with the boys before shooting and I let them free to explore the locations. By observing the way they were interacting between each other and what they would naturally do on location, I rewrote the story. Because it was their first shoot, I ran through the shots with them before end, using my Iphone as a camera and telling them how it would happen with position and movement. They became used of the repetition of many takes during rehearsal. At the end, we mostly had a lot of fun and I could say I became a child for some moments.

What are your influences as a filmmaker?

All the greats of course.  It started as early as when I was about five to six years old. I was obsessively watching Fantasia, the 1940 original version. I fell in love with the stories, the colours, the classical music and especially Tchaikovsky. This film had a huge impact on my life and it still does.

When and where can we expect to see ‘Fauve’?

It’s out on Vimeo now! Here’s the link —

What advice would you give any up-and-coming filmmaker, trying to crack the industry?

Everyone is so different and unique, and there is no right way to make films. If you love cinema, it will find a way. For me, it was always about remaining open and experimenting, getting out of my comfort zone. My travels around the globe taught me a lot about my style and vision. You need to find the thing that sparks inside you.

What is the next step for you, do you have any other films or projects in production?

I’m co-writing my first feature, with a Ghanaian writer, Will Niava, at the moment. We are still writing right now. I can say that it’s a coming of age story that parallel two boys, one from Ghana and the other one from Quebec. It will have the same tone and energy from Fauve.


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