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63/65

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Directed & Produced by: Jean-Christophe Nguyen.

The collapse of two buildings in the rue d’Aubagne in the heart of Marseille, in a poor and working-class neighborhood. A son, Farid, whose mother died in the same collapse. A tragedy that he has buried deep inside of him.

Surrounded by his friends, he continues his life. The only thing he can’t do anymore is to live with a roof over her head, so he lives in his car, surrounded by the wonderful landscapes of the Calques.

A band of three friends who try to get by. Neither delinquents nor social assistants, just young people who, without having done great studies, have the desire to succeed. They assiduously frequent the Catalans’ beach, in this Marseille that is theirs but Farid has only one desire, only one goal to avenge his mother. To punish the person responsible for this tragedy.

Interview with Jean-Christophe Nguyen:

Name and what you did in the film? My name is Jean-Christophe Nguyen, I leave in Marseille (South of France) and for 63/65 I am the scenarist, director, and producer.

What inspired you, or attracted you, to work on this film? For 63/65 I was inspired, living in Marseille, by the collapse of two old buildings in the center of Marseille, killing 8 people.

What do you like most about the story? In this story and generally, I am touched by the human’s feelings. The anger, hope, love, etc…

How did you get involved in filmmaking? I was working as a cinematographer and naturally, I think, that was the logical follow for me.

Tell us about your process? Where do you start? As a scenarist, it was easy for me, because coming from the photo direction, I followed the pictures I had in mind. As director too. The most difficult had to find the money for this movie. For starting I start often with one image or a feeling I have in my head.

Tell us some difficulties during the process or a unique story that happened? For a month before the shoot, it was hell for me. I lost two locations, but when the shoot started, there were a few miracles like two new locations just the day before the shoot, the windows of the city hall staying with lights for the scene of the rifle.

Tell us how important independent filmmaking is to you? I think independent films are important because they tell a story that is not mainstream and offer the audience something different.

What are you currently working on or plan to work on in the future? Now I search for a producer for a feature film I have written about a posthumous wedding. In France, it was possible with an old law from Napoleon.

What are some filmmakers, directors, writers that inspire you? I like all filmmakers who talk about human feelings, my choices are very eclectic. For me, a good film is one in which you cry, (The Bridges of Madison county) you’re angry (Don’t look up/The life of David Gale) you’re touched (Joker/ Once upon a time in America)

Any advice to filmmakers just starting out? For aspiring filmmakers, write a story that grabs you in the gut, that you make you cry, who makes you feel good I think if you are touched by your story, you will touch someone.

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