PODCAST| Samantha Sartori interviews Serge Bozon, director of the film Mrs. Hyde.
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As Noah Baumbach said “my parents used to come to the New York Film Festival, and call it The Festival”. The Festival has a very limited number of movies selected, in the main slate category there are only 25 movies. There are no prizes at The Festival; the prize is being selected and, as the director of The Festival, Kent Jones, said, they select only the movies that move them. Among these movies is Mrs Hyde by Serge Bozon. We meet Serge Bozon and talk about how he worked with Axelle Ropert on her idea of this very free adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel; he reveals some of the crucial ideas and technical tricks that characterize the unique aesthetics of his astonishing movie, shot in 35mm with the Director of Photography, Céline Bozon. He humbly admits that the attention to the movie and the sold out screenings are due to Isabelle Huppert’s presence, but it is definitely also due to this talented filmmaker’s original approach to movie-making.
Mrs. Hyde: Serge Bozon’s eccentric comedic thriller is loosely based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with many a twist. Mrs. Géquil (Isabelle Huppert), a timid and rather peculiar physics professor, teaches in a suburban technical high school. Apart from her quiet married life with her gentle stay-at-home husband, she is mocked and despised on a daily basis by pretty much everyone around her—headmaster, colleagues, students. During a dark, stormy night, she is struck by lightning and wakes up a decidedly different person, a newly powerful Mrs. Hyde with mysterious energy and uncontrollable powers. Highlighted by Bozon’s brilliant mise en scène, Isabelle Huppert hypnotizes us again, securing her place as the ultimate queen of the screen.
For the official page of the film on the Festival website, click here.