ATLFF Filmmaker Nathalie Cools Tackles Our Mix-and-Match Questionnaire


Complete this sentence: "If you liked _________ or _________, you'll love my film."

 "If you liked 'Her' or 'Unbroken', you'll like my film."

Is your film for cat people or dog people? Why?

Good question! I always wanted a dog as a kid, but I ended up with a cat... So I guess the movie is for both of them!

What's the most challenging part of making a film for you? Do you enjoy the challenge or is it something to be avoided?

I'm shy with the camera, while I often choose places and situations that are not easy to film. This part is hard, but once I install the camera and look at the frame, I can forget the uncomfortable feeling. I really like editing, and the better my images are, the better the editing goes. 

Of the filmmakers working today, whose talent do you want to steal?

Recently I enjoyed the movies from François Ozon, Spike Jonze, Angelina Jolie, Richard Linklater and Jonathan Glazer. Last years some movies that really blew me were "We need to talk about Kevin" from Lynne Ramsay, "Elève libre" from Joachim Lafosse and "Tomboy" from Céline Sciamma. And I am also a real fan from Paul Verhoeven! 

Name three films you consider unappreciated and explain their hidden genius.

Mmmm... Makes me think of some oldies... Like "Marnie" from Hitchcock - I've known this film since I was little, and when I later found out it flopped, I rewachted it... In some way the story is dated, but his attraction for her, her dislike for hem, and their struggling with responsibility... It intrigued me and still does. And two horror movies: "Prince of Darkness" from John Carpenter, that really scared me to death! I rememberd I paused the movie because I was too scared to look. As well as a Dutch movie "De lift" from 1983, which saddled me up with a phobia for elevators for years!  

What are your three favorite ways to eat potatoes?

French fries, french fries, French fries!

Nathalie's film, "Trans: A Documentary About Transboys," screens TOMORROW, Saturday March 21st at 11:15am at The Plaza Theatre! Get tickets while you can!