Music video of the day : "La Cerise" for Matmatah.
I have never made a music video so quickly. It was just 10 years before "Marée haute", Georges sent me a project for Matmatah. There was no brief, just this great song and an edit from "La vie de Brian" posted by the band on social networks. And we had to make the video as fast as possible.
I'm a big fan of Monty Python (and Terry Gilliam of course), I quickly thought of the sketches of the old man in rags who crosses a desert landscape for ages to tell us something really important. But he dies at the last moment by pronouncing an enigmatic "If .......".
I then thought I would reproduce this mechanism, but on a life scale. That's when I had the idea of this rope and especially of the end of the film.
The idea was so dumb (it was 4 lines long), that I called Georges to tell him about it. He immediately told me : "Wait, I'll call the record company ! I told the thing to the project manager from Universal, he answered me "So rad, the band is coming this afternoon, tell them".
I didn't make any treatment, two weeks later I am in Israël with my friend Grégory Monro to shoot the film in a commando style during 5 epic days.
We almost shot the film together (a guide accompanied us and an Israeli photo director helped me with the library sequence). I was shooting at the time with my DV camera specially equipped with a pro35 (which allowed me to mount 35mm lenses on small cameras), while Greg was acting, making up and directing the production.
The guide was amazed to see us jumping out of the car according to the random sets, the light and our mood. It was almost total improv. We were such wrecks that Greg didn't even take off his wigs and beards when we returned to the hotel under the stunned eyes of the clients.
Production : Georges Hanouna & Nicole Hanouna
Director & image : Stéphane Berla
Actor & Production Manager : Gregory MONRO
Actress : Yael Mizrhai
DOP (Library sequence) : Mario Zugair
Stage Manager : Yael Nataf
Stylist : Valérie GUEGAN
Hairpieces : Romain Feri
VFX : Sébastien Terme
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