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Olivier Ducastel - director of Ma vraie vie à Rouen

Interview - Les rendez-vous du cinéma, Rome

The film presents the unique point of view of 16-year-old Etienne living in provincial Rouen

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by Federico Greco

French director Olivier Ducastel is in Rome for the event Les rendez-vous du cinéma, a showcase of French cinema promoted by the French Embassy, the Agency for the Promotion of Independent French Cinema, the Gan Film Foundation, Gan Assicurazioni, in collaboration with the Fandango Politecnico cinema.
Organised in 2003, the event was an opportunity for the Italian and Francophone public in the capital to enjoy French films not yet released in Italy.
The director presented together with Jacques Martineau Ma vraie vie à Rouen (The True Story of my Life in Rouen) (2002), a film that tracks a year in the life of a teenage figure skater in a quasi-documentary, video diary style.
As he says in the interview the film presents the unique point of view of 16-year-old Etienne, a would-be ice skating champion living in provincial Rouen who is obsessed with filming his daily life with a digital camera. He films anything and everything around him, discovering an obsession and desire for his geography teacher.
The film was realised with a small camera, and the shootings were made from the protagonist's point of view. A type of film, that according to the director, finds its own space and audience.