Helmer discuss press duties, doubts

Michel Gondry and Wolfgang Becker occupied the hot seats at the HomeBase Lounge Tuesday in a wide-ranging discussion that took in everything from dreams to Denmark.

Gondry’s admission he was “just starting the press” on his Competition entry, “The Science of Sleep,” and doesn’t travel much had Becker replying, “I went to 27 countries with ‘Good Bye, Lenin.’ It’s a lot. Don’t do that!”

Becker went on to advise that traveling does make a difference, “especially if it’s a small country,” citing far better B.O. performance in Denmark (visited) as opposed to Norway (unvisited).

Becker was then happy to take the back seat as Gondry confessed that he was “constantly fighting doubts and fears” on “Science” “because it’s the first time I’ve directed a script I wrote. I felt really exposed.”

Becker praised the film’s visual effects and changes of tone, asking “Was this deliberate or did it happen?”

“It’s part of my character,” replied Gondry. “It’s who I am. The main struggle is to keep the flow going as you watch this monster come to life.”

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