Assayas: Taiwanese cinema has influenced me
“Some filmmakers make movies that look like movies. I try to make movies that look like real life,” says Olivier Assayas, French filmmaker and screenplay writer, on the sidelines of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK).
And true to his word, all his works from the short documentaries, with which he began his career, to his later feature films.
His latest film Carlos, a biopic on the Venezuelan-born terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez a.k.a. Carlos the Jackal, was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Time magazine has selected the film as one of the top 10 films of the year.
So much has Taiwanese cinema influenced me that you can say that I now have deeper Taiwanese roots than French roots!” says Assayas, with a laugh, agreeing that he is perhaps one of the first-generation of European filmmakers, who find Asian cinema “meaningful.”