“Love has received a death sentence since 50 years ago.”
“Love used to be the result of coincidence. Now, it’s the result of lies. Men these days aren’t as courageous as they used to be and that’s because they have to think about divorce even before getting married.”
“Life is incomplete and there are paradoxical elements to it. I just look at them in a positive light and I think that’s how happiness is found.”
– Claude Lelouch, a French film director, writer, cinematographer, actor and producer.
BUSAN, Oct. 9 (Korea Bizwire) – A hopeless romantic, Claude Lelouch believes the world needs more movies about love.
The French director of the 1966 romance classic “A Man and a Woman” has returned with a remake, “Un plus Une,” at the 20th Busan International Film Festival.
Like its prequel, “Un plus Une” tells of a love story between a film composer, Antoine, and the wife of a French ambassador in India, Anna.
The two meet when Antoine moves there to write the music for a Bollywood film based on the old classic, “Romeo and Juliet.” They immediately fall in love with one another.
Based on a true story, “Un plus Une” stars Oscar-winning actor Jean Dujardin and was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year.
The reason the 77-year-old director revisited his 50-year-old film is because “all relationships are complicated,” he said.
“This is not a sequel to ‘A Man and a Woman,’” he told reporters after the interview. “I wanted to recreate the love story after 50 years because no relationship between a man and a woman is so clear-cut.”
Just because he’s a romantic doesn’t mean he’s an idealist, he also stressed. “I want movies that observe…. I’m a journalist covering life in its true form,” he added.
“Un plus Une” starts its final screening in Busan at 7 p.m. Friday.
The 10-day festival, which features 304 films from 75 countries, will come to a close Saturday.