Friday, 10 February 2012

Tels Quels Film Festival - Interview with Pascal-Alex Vincent

The 26th edition of Belgium's LGBT Film Festival lasts until February 11 and has a number of great features and documentaries on the programme this week. ESJ met with French director Pascal-Alex Vincent, whose documentary Miwa, a Japanese Icon (2010) was screened at the festival on Wednesday.

Miwa, a Japanese Icon is Pascal's first feature documentary and looks back on the 50-year career of Japanese entertainer Akihiro Miwa. As a young singer, Miwa popularized androgyny by fusing the masculine and the feminine. This evolved into performing as a woman and living off-stage as a man.

Pascal-Alex Vincent studied film history at University Paris III, and worked in Japanese film distribution in France. His first short film Baby Shark was nominated for the Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005, and his animated short, Candy Boy was selected for Director's Fortnight at Cannes 2007. His first feature film, Give Me Your Hand (2009) was released in 15 countries, including the United States. The film was also chosen by New York's Museum of Modern Art to be showcased in their annual event, New Directors/New Films.

Pascal's second feature film, a horror/thriller called It's In The Trees (Dans La Foret), is currently in pre-production. The film has Francois Goeske attached as the male lead and will be shot later this year.