On Sept. 27, we had the opportunity to speak with French actress Heloise Godet, who stars in legendary director Jean-Luc Godard’s “Goodbye to Language,” which is being screened at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 1 at the Walter Reade Theater. The three dimensional masterpiece won the Prix du Jury at Cannes this year. Read what Godet had to say below:
How did you get involved with the film?
Godard actually found a photo of me on the web, while he was looking for actresses, and then he asked his assistant to meet me in Paris. Then there was a filmed interview and he watched a short movie and then he said without meeting me “Ok, I’m working with her.” So I was very happy.
What was it like working with Jean-Luc Godard?
Yeah that was very exciting. He was not that frightening … He was such a gentlemen.
What was it like working with your co-star Kamel Abdeli?
We got along very well. So I was very lucky because we had to spend a lot of time together and Kamel is a great actor and a great man and we had a lot of fun.
Speak about developing your relationship.
We were naked a lot, but there was no problem … I didn’t feel ill at ease. There was a lot of respect all around. We had such a small crew.
What was your favorite scene?
There was one where the film “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” with Gregory Peck and Ava Garnder was playing in the background with its beautiful music and I had to come and do a strip tease, but reverse – like get dressed and it was so slow, such millimeter direction by Godard. I had to say one sentence and one music note. It was such a delight because it was darkness and I felt something was happening that was very nice.
How was it to screen the film at Cannes?
It was very exciting. I was pregnant so also getting on the red carpet with a big belly was a such a fun and unique experience.
Kino Lorber will release the “Goodbye to Language” on Oct. 29 in New York City at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center, with a national release to follow. The New York Film Festival, which runs through is Oct. 12, is presented by Jaeger-LeCoultre, American Airlines, The New York Times, HBO, Stella Artois, The Kobal Collection, Variety, Trump International Hotel and Tower, Row NYC Hotel, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts. NYFF is presented by the Film Society Of Lincoln Center. Stay tuned for more of our coverage.