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Interview: Ariane Labed – ALPS

We can note that it wasn’t too shabby a year for Ariane Labed. The French non-actress barely spoke the Greek language when she won the Coppa Volpi for the Best Actress at the 67th Venice International Film Festival (Athina Rachel Tsangari’s ATTENBERG) and now in her second outing, the Best Screenplay winner at the same festival (Yorgos Lanthimos’ ALPS) she book-ends a year to the date (both titles were showcased at TIFF) with a supporting role that should blast the bright faced thesp into further international experiences.

One would be lead to believe that Labed (who prepares for a character by training excessively as a young gymnast) was a natural for the role because of previous experience in the sport, but in fact, its more of her “head on” approach to acting that made her a prime candidate for the physically demanding role. This interview was conducted at the 2011 Toronto Int. Film Festival and Kino Lorber releases in limited theatres this month.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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