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For thirty years, Emmanuèle Bernheim and I met in restaurants, we talked endlessly. We were friends. When I read her book, Tout s'est bien passé ('Everything Went Fine"), I felt compelled to make it into a film. The book is about her father asking to "be done with it" after a stroke changed his life. I am now the age her father was when he settled on the time of his own death. That decision lies behind my wanting to film myself as him. Emmanuèle was put out when I suggested she might play herself. She had her reasons. Some of these she kept to herself. But the idea grew on her as we settled down to work, enjoying adapting the book together and deciding who else might join us in our adventure. Until, that is, one winter morning, she rang to say we'd have to delay shooting till the spring. She was being rushed to hospital for an operation.
- Alain Cavalier.
Thursday 16 May – 19:30 @Buñuel – Official screening
Alain Cavalier (director)
Camera One (France)