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Exclusive: Michel Gondry and the iconic Audrey Tautou talk 'Mood Indigo'

Actress Audrey Tautou, filmmaker Michel Gondry, and founder of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Tim League attend the 'Mood Indigo' New York premiere at Tribeca Grand Hotel on July 16, 2014 in New York City
Actress Audrey Tautou, filmmaker Michel Gondry, and founder of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Tim League attend the 'Mood Indigo' New York premiere at Tribeca Grand Hotel on July 16, 2014 in New York City
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On Wednesday July 16, 2014 Drafthouse Films invited us to the New York City premiere of Michel Gondry's "Mood Indigo" at the Tribeca Grand Hotel. The film is now playing at Landmark Sunshine. Gondry will appear with actress Audrey Tautou on Friday, July 18 for Q&A's after the 5 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. shows and to introduce the 9:30 p.m. show. On Saturday, July 19, Michel Gondry will appear in person for Q&As after the 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. shows.

Remember when you were young and would dream of the apparatuses seen in movies and you constantly let your imagination fly free? Director Michel Gondry is one of those bizarre wonderful children who happened to contain all of that creative genius after becoming an adult. Not only did he survive the "curse" of growing up, but in this case he also turned a story into this magical place. It is an amusing paradise for adults who still dream with imaginative inventions and a fantastic world of altered reality. We were amazed and captivated by every scene in "Mood Indigo."

The Piano cocktail is the best invention featured in the movie. A picturesque wooden piano that has cocktail ingredients coordinated with each key, so after playing a melody in this wonderful piano, you can receive a custom made cocktail based on your tunes. Sounds too good to be true, right? The piano is a real invention by Nicolas Schenkel and there are performances available around the world.

The film also succeeds in making you feel part of the most incredible version of Paris, and it tells a relatable love story. Audrey and Romain have natural chemistry between them. It is so convincing that you are enamored with their melodrama. You feel the joy of their awkwardness and first moments together, you empathize with the suffering they feel and finally you'll adore the realistic ending that brings you back to mundane life.

It is truly marvelous to see how Gondry grasps human emotions and excels in portraying them in this film. We loved the film as much as Gondry’s "The Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind."

Check out our exclusive interview with director Michel Gondry and protagonist Audrey Tautou.

Who or what was your muse for this film and for "The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"?

MG: Well for "Mood Indigo" my muse was Audrey of course, it is generally my interest. During the shooting we had a special relationship that inspires me. I also had this type of relationship with Kate Winslet when we were shooting "The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." We were close and we sort of together managed to bring Jim Carrey to the same tone that she had already mastered to this type of action. But as inspiration it is my own experience, my experiences with women all my life. I have always an element, in "The Eternal Sunshine" I shot a scene I remember shooting a scene that he packs all the stuff in plastic bags and I thought that is a bit of cliché but then my girlfriend left me and I did exactly that. I took cardboard boxes and a staple and I packed all her stuff and I was devastated so I was living what I had shot a month ago.

What can you tell us about the on screen relationship of Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris?

MG: They are very close friends and I think they represent like a Hollywood couple in France this type of actor that can do many things together and they carry sort of the dream of the audience they brought dimension to the relationship that wasn’t on the paper.

Any upcoming projects?

I am shooting in two weeks a film about a French teenager, a lot of memories from my youth.

Audrey Tautou

Tell us about your experience working with Michel?

AT: It was a great experience he is like a storm of ideas tsunami of inventions so you have to follow him but it was great because it was as unbelievable as what happened in the movie and what surrounds the characters in the movie.

Do you see any common traits in the different characters that you have played like Amelie, and Coco Chanel, and now Chloe?

AT: Well I always see something about myself in the characters because it is the nature it is impossible to hide it completely. I don’t analyze my work or I can’t say that I watch my previous movies again but what I think it is more a question about confidence. The more confident that you become the more that you can open your capacity of diversity in the roles. I think it is more about that and how you can get enriched by that director that you are going to work with.

Michel mentioned that you were his muse during the recording of the film, tell us how do you feel about that?

AT: Well he did? I don’t know, that is a great honor, I don’t know, he is a brilliant director and very special. Working with him was an experience that I really enjoyed. We will be filming another movie together and I have a small part but I am so happy to be part of this little piece because it is going to be charming and full of love and poetry just like this one is.

Estefania Garcia-Correa contributed reporting.

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