My French Film Festival: ‘Lovers’’ Delattre Preps Feature Debut ‘Carnivore’

MFFF ‘Monsters Turn Into Lovers’ mixes ‘melancholy with a sense of magic,’ Delattre said

Yann Delattre
Courtesy of Yann Delattre

Directed by Yann Delattre, Cannes Critics’ Week selected “Monsters Turn Into Lovers” is one of ten Gallic shorts premiering on the 6th My French Film Festival, the online fest boosted by Paris-based promo org UniFrance, which runs Jan.18-Feb-18.

The fourth short work from Delattre, an alum of renowned school La Femis, “Lovers” was nominated for the 2015 Cannes Discovery Award.

His graduation short, “Chrysanthemums are Flowers Like the Others,” nabbed an Audience Award at the 14th intl student film of Beijing Film Academy in 2012.

“Lovers” delivers an unusual romcom via a classical love triangle plot. “You have a girl in the middle. On one side, you have her boyfriend who’s killing their relationship and on the other side, a shy guy trying to seduce her. I aimed to put together different elements in the vein of Surrealism, variations in styles of humor through dialogues, cinematography and light social considerations,” Delattre told Variety.

“My purpose was to build a tone mixing the melancholy with a sense of magic,” he added.

Delattre is currently developing his feature debut, “King Carnivore,” a working title. “It’s an urban love story, mixed with dashes of satire, road movie, and film noir elements,” he commented.

Pic will be produced by Juliette Sol’s Stromboli Films, whose credits include Michel Franco’s “After Lucia,” and Giacomo Abbruzzese’s “Disco Boy,” winner of an Arte prize for best project at this year’s Les Arcs Fest.

“I’m still a very young director, learning my trade. I like a very wide range of films. Right now I love very simple plots, because they allow me to mixed elements inside them.”

He continued: “I am, for instance, a big fan of most of Jonathan Demme’s works. I love the shot of Jodie Foster in the elevator [in “The Silence of the Lambs,”] with all those men around her. It’s a statement of her condition, and Demme chooses the angle of visual comedy to deliver this idea. As a spectator I like this type of combination. Another example would be the way Edgar Wright makes melds pure comedy, sci-fi and a nostalgic tone in ‘The World’s End,’” Delattre explained.

The two official MFFF showcases are available for streaming worldwide through 40 digital platforms including iTunes. Subtitles are available in 10 languages. Shorts are for free.