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Martin Villeneuve: “How I made an impossible film”
The Montreal-based filmmaker speaks about building his visually stunning Mars et Avril, and the importance of turning constraints into creative opportunities. The film itself has an operatic connection, too, as it features the Met’s Ring director, Robert LePage, as a futuristic visionary in holograph form. It also uses a collection of specially-created musical instruments, fantastical creations built specifically for this project, each designed after a woman’s body.
The film took seven years to make: “when you don’t have money, you must take time.”
Triplets of Belleville (Soundtrack), with music by Ben Charest
Charest wrote the expansive and unique score for Mars et Avril, but is best known for his work on the charming animated film, Les Triplettes de Belleville, for which he won several major awards and was nominated for an Oscar. The truth is, this is one of the most charming, idiosyncratic CDs you’ll own, and the tunes are so infectious that your toes can’t help themselves — they’ll keep tapping long after the disc has run its course.
From the TED blog: “10 jaw-dropping images from the film Mars et Avril, and how the magic was created”
Visit the Facebook page (serving as the official website) for the film