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Interview: Delphine Girard – Quitter la nuit (Through the Night)

Interview: Delphine Girard – Quitter la nuit (Through the Night)

Belgian filmmaker Delphine Girard‘s debut film takes a plunge into the murky world she created with her 2018 short film Une sœur – an Academy Award nominee for Best Live Action Short Film. Using the identical ensemble welcoming back players Veerle Baetens, Selma Alaoui, and Guillaume Duhesme, Quitter la nuit (Through the Night) broadens their horizons by delving deeper into the humanity of the trio. Similar to the recent wave of intricate courtroom dramas, this first feature discards simplistic characterizations and favors a more complex journey into the nigh….and collective psyche.

Selected in the Giornate degli Autori at the Venice Film Festival where the film won the Audience Award, Quitter la nuit is impactful cinema — its a complex thinking piece of a text. I got to speak to Delphine on the Lido – we discussed how she extended the short into the feature and how her trio of actors converged onto the project, we discussed the psychology of Veerle Baetens’ character, and how the characters reframe their own truths.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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