French author Florian Zeller spoke of his “nice pleasure” after profitable the best-adapted screenplay Oscar for The Father however is already centered on his next undertaking, The Son, a brand new take on one among his performs.
“We began the night with the Oscar for finest screenplay and we ended it with the Oscar for finest actor for Anthony Hopkins,” Zeller stated in a phone interview with Agence France-Presse shortly after his victory.
He acquired his award in Paris, the place the Oscars set up a venue for artists unable to journey to Los Angeles due to the pandemic.
“It makes it all of the extra significant for me that I do not separate the will to make this film from the will that I had to do it with him (Hopkins), I wrote it for him,” the 41-year-old stated.
“Having the ability to share this second, this recognition and this pleasure with Anthony Hopkins makes it all of the extra significant for me,” he stated.
The Father, which was Zeller’s first time directing a characteristic film, follows an outdated man performed by Hopkins slipping right into a disturbing bout of dementia.
Adapting his play of the identical identify to the massive display allowed him to go even additional with the story, he stated.
“What I completely didn’t need to do is film a play, however do one thing that solely cinema can do,” with famend playwright Christopher Hampton, who translated the play into English for Zeller and shared the Oscar win with him.
“The uniqueness of this piece was to put the spectator in a novel place as if he was within the head of the principle character. I wished The Father to be not only a story however an expertise, the expertise of what it’d imply to lose all of your bearings, together with as a spectator,” he stated.
“I wished this film to give you the option to prolong that into an much more immersive expertise, which the language of cinema permits. To essentially be within the mind of this character.”
– Like father, like son? –
The acclaimed French author has already settled on his next film undertaking, an adaptation of one other of his performs, The Son, which belongs to the identical trilogy as The Father.
Filming is about to start this summer time in New York Metropolis with a number of high stars together with Hugh Jackman and Oscar-winning actress Laura Dern, the director revealed.
“The Son is a narrative that is essential to me. I’ve been working on it for a lot of months and I’m very glad to give you the option to deliver collectively the actors that I like and that I like, to give you the option to inform it,” he stated.
The Son tells “the story of a father and mom who not stay collectively,” the writer defined.
“They’ve a 17-year-old boy who’s going by way of a tricky time, scuffling with faculty, melancholy, and these dad and mom are attempting to save their son throughout this mysterious interval that’s adolescence.”
After Zeller’s success on the Oscars, Hollywood studios shall be scrambling to safe him for future initiatives. And he doesn’t rule out “working on works that aren’t mine.”
“I began by writing novels and then I found the theatre and it grew to become an immense ardour which occupied me for 15 years,” he stated.
“After which out of the blue, I made this film. What I imply by that’s that I discovered by no means to shut the doorways, however to go away them ajar so we could be stunned by life.”
However within the instant future, his thoughts is elsewhere.
“In reality at this time, I’m so centered on The Son that these proposals do not actually have any relevance to me,” he stated.
“As soon as I’ve completed The Son, we’ll see. However, for now, what actually issues to me is reaching the top of this story that I carry.”