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Interview Sophie Letourneur Voyages en Italie


Interview: Sophie Letourneur – Voyages en Italie

Interview: Sophie Letourneur – Voyages en Italie

Obviously it was always going to be Italy. Not Spain. Misadventures that take place in real life are matched by the very creative adventures that take place in our minds (or from the comfort of our beds) in Voyages en Italie — the fifth feature by French filmmaker Sophie Letourneur. A dramedy that follows a straight line until it doesn’t, Letourneur is a filmmaker who is marching to the beat of her own drum and in this specific case rethinks the narrative and the notion of memory. Employing situational humor and chatty banter, if this film feels scrappy — it’s a deliberate, pre-planned, very precise set-up.

Featuring Letourneur and Philippe Katerine, this began its film festival life in Rotterdam and is still touring the film festival circuit. I had the chance to speak to Sophie at the 2023 Festival du nouveau cinéma in Montreal – in the lengthy sit-down we learned that this is part of a very much planned trilogy, and got to get into her creative process, the film’s aesthetic look and naturally discuss how it was influenced by Roberto Rossellini’s Journey to Italy.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (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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