Beautiful Boy (Interview director Felix) 《漂亮男孩》导演专访 from Meiling Jin on Vimeo.

Meiling:” Congratulations on the film!So first of all, why do you want to tell this story to the audience? Why did you choose such an intense storyline?”

Felix Van Groeningen, “Because it is a beautiful portrayal of a family that believes in unconditional love, and yes, they go through hard times, and it is a raw authentic portrayal of someone is struggling with addiction, and how the family has to deal with that. I was very moved when I read the books, which was the film based on. And I felt it was important to tell this story.”


菲力斯·范·古宁根:“因为它描绘了这对父母对他们儿子最无私的爱。他们的确遇到了很多挫折,基本上是一个非常典型的普通家庭摆脱毒瘾折磨的 真实写照。当我读这部原著时感觉非常震撼。我感觉现在是应该这样拍一部电影的时候了。”

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Meiling, “So speaking of love, and I have read on Wikipedia, that your parents are actually hippies, right? Hippies with free spirits, so what can we see in Beautiful Boy, is there anything shadowing with the relationship between you and your father?”

Felix Van Groeningen, “Can you repeat the last one?”

Meiling, “Is there anything in the plot we can see that is actually shadowing between you and your father?”

Felix Van Groeningen,” Maybe it is actually more of me and my mother, that have that typical relationship. On the other hand, when you compare it to Beautiful Boy, I lost my father 15 years ago already, so when I make movies about father and son relationship, is to keep his spirit alive or something.”



金美翎, “您和您父亲的经历是否有间接影响到您指导这部电影?”




Meiling, “So since this is your first ever English-speaking film, and how do you feel the transition, from making Belgium film to English language film?”

Felix Van Groeningen, “It went seamless I have to say. I believe in an organic process, and one thing leads to another. And I had one film that was Oscar-nominated in 2014, and it led to making this film, and I have the opportunity to work with incredible actors, Steve Carell, and Timothee Chalamet. So I can’t be more excited.”




Meiling, “So speaking of both actors, so those actors are very versatile. Their collaboration on the camera, what do you find it is the most interesting thing between a long-time actor in Hollywood, to a new comer.”

Felix Van Groeningen, “It was amazing to see how they approach their preparation to this role very differently.”

Meiling, “How are they different?”

Felix, “Timothee, is being very young and ambitious, he brought a lot of ideas and things he wants to try, from very early on, which was great. As a director, you got all of these inputs. On the other hand, Steve, whom is so experienced, was confident, that he would get there, just let him wash over it, so he is really more ease into it. So very different types of getting into it all. But it makes sense, because of their age, their “where they are in their career,” and their roles, actually. But seeing that opposite of each other, was very interesting. There is no wrong way. And I don’t have a set way of working to it. So, I let my actors decide, how they want to approach it.”






Meiling, “Being a director, I’m pretty sure it is such an important role for the film, for the success of the film. So, with the intense storyline, what was the hardest scene you have filmed?”


Felix, “Yeah, maybe the first ever scene we ever shot, for this movie, was the hardest emotionally, because, that’s the last scene in the movie, maybe I shouldn’t tell it… ha-ha, beep.., very very intense scene, and we started with that, the very first scene, the good thing was, afterward, we are kind of relieved, and the rest of the shoot was easier.  ”


菲力斯·范·古宁根:“如果说最难拍的一段,那肯定就是我们结尾的压轴戏。虽说是压轴戏,但它是全片中拍的第一个的镜头。可能我不透露剧情比较好 ,那段确实很伤感。先拍最难的一段,在后边等着的基本上都是非常简单的镜头。”


Meiling, “Really nice, I really wish you can win the Oscar!”


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