Interview with Xavier Istasse
Interview with Xavier Istasse (Director)
I started off as a cameraman and a photographer and became a director afterwards. I realized that the river had a huge visual potential. I started shooting and became aware that there was also a story to tell. A lot of people are passionate about the river and their lives are deeply connected with nature. People are really attracted to the river. Because of industrialization, the connection between the people and the river began to fade away. Rivers were demonized because they were polluted. Nowadays the connection is coming back because the river is getting cleaner.
My movie has a universal message because the story is similar to that of other rivers and the people who live in harmony with them.
I wanted to show people that a movie about a river could be inspiring. In my film, I only ask questions and do not provide any answers. My goal was to investigate the relationship people have with the river. I did not want to explain anything; I just wanted to illustrate the situation.
How long did the shooting take? As we see scenes from summer to winter...
You met plenty of people for this documentary, was there a story that moved you or interested you the most for some reason?
How easy or difficult was to get the people to show you their personal archival footage?
Are you working on any projects at the moment? Can you tell us something about them?