Variety screens Sony’s ‘So Long’

Screening series bows Philippe Claudel debut

Where: Variety Screening Series, Los Angeles

Film: “I’ve Loved You So Long” (II y a longtemps que je t’aime)

Q&A: Director-writer hilippe Claudel

The audience enjoyed moments of comic relief during the 2008 Variety Screening Series of Sony Pictures Classics’ “I’ve Loved You So Long” on Monday night at the ArcLight in Los Angeles.

“It was important for me when I choose the title to imagine people in the cinema going to buy a ticket and (saying the title) to the cashier,” helmer and scribe Philippe Claudel said.

Claudel cast Kristin Scott Thomas and Elsa Zylberstein to work with him on his directorial debut because they were personal favorites, but he also says he saw one of them as “under-employed” in the market of French pics.

“I think it was a good idea to propose this part to Kristin because I wanted to show another face of this actress. No glamour, not beautiful, because I supposed she was a great professional,” said Claudel.

Many of the attendees expressed an interest in the tone of the script, and questioned the difficulty of Thomas’ use of silence.

“When you write a novel it’s difficult to express the silence, to write the silence,” stated the helmer. “Maybe you can make three, four, five blank pages, but it’s not good for the reader.”

Claudel added that the overall theme of the film was to show that without others, we are nothing.

“I think it’s the real subject of this movie,” Claudel said, “I think the most important thing for me is Juilette rebirths with the help of a sister, of a brother-in-law, of the little child — children, grandpa, all these people.”