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Miléna Trivier's "Algorithms of Beauty" Selected for the Cannes International Film Week

As the anticipation builds for the Cannes International Film Week, filmmaker Miléna Trivier's "Algorithms of Beauty" emerges as a captivating entry, exploring the intersection of art, technology, and human perception. In this exclusive interview, Trivier shares her insights into the creative process, challenges encountered, and her profound connection to the cinematic medium.


Q: Could you provide insights into the inspiration behind "Algorithms of Beauty" and its significance to your body of work?

Miléna Trivier (MT): "Algorithms of Beauty" delves into my profound fascination with images and their multifaceted narratives. Collaborating closely with my editor, who also happens to be my life partner, we embarked on a journey to intertwine past and present, challenging conventional perspectives on visual storytelling.

Q: What were the primary hurdles you faced during production?

MT: Crafting "Algorithms of Beauty" presented an array of challenges, from creating intricate flower images using bespoke algorithms inspired by Mary Delany's work to navigating the complexities of blending historical and contemporary elements seamlessly. Additionally, traveling to London to experience Delany's original work firsthand added layers of authenticity to our creative process.

Q: What aspect of the film brings you the most pride?

MT: The film's success lies in its ability to juxtapose past and present, inviting viewers to reevaluate their perception of images. By seamlessly weaving together disparate elements, we aimed to provoke introspection and evoke emotional resonance.

Q: How did your journey into filmmaking unfold?

MT: My journey into filmmaking was ignited by a profound realization of cinema's transformative power to illuminate the human experience. Inspired by the works of visionary filmmakers, I transitioned from a youthful infatuation with celebrities to a deep appreciation for cinema's capacity to reflect and redefine reality.

Q: What new projects are on the horizon for you?

MT: Following the exploration of floral imagery in "Algorithms of Beauty," I am drawn to the emotive landscapes of human faces. My forthcoming projects aim to delve into the intricacies of facial expressions and their profound emotional resonance.

Q: What role do film festivals play in your career?

MT: Film festivals serve as invaluable platforms for showcasing my work and engaging with diverse audiences. Beyond mere screenings, festivals facilitate meaningful connections with fellow filmmakers and enthusiasts, fostering a sense of community and collaboration.

Q: Any advice for filmmakers navigating the festival circuit?

MT: Persistence and strategic submissions are key in navigating the competitive festival circuit. While prestigious festivals like Sundance and Cannes are aspirational, smaller festivals often offer invaluable opportunities for genuine connections and audience engagement.

Q: How do you envision the future of cinema amidst technological advancements?

MT: Embracing technological innovations, such as AI-generated imagery, while remaining anchored in the essence of storytelling is paramount. As cinema evolves, I maintain a curious and open-minded approach to emerging trends and possibilities.

Q: Which filmmakers do you admire and why?

MT: Andrea Arnold, Arnaud Despallières, Jean-Luc Godard, Agnès Varda, Chris Marker, Werner Herzog, and Alice Guy inspire me with their creative freedom and boundary-pushing narratives. Their ability to seamlessly traverse genres and mediums resonates deeply with my artistic sensibilities.

Q: Any recent films that left a profound impact on you?

MT: Andrea Arnold's "The Cow" and her short film "Wasp" captivated me with their intimate portrayal of human existence. Arnold's ability to dissolve the boundaries between fiction and documentary, immersing viewers in raw, authentic narratives, resonates profoundly with my own cinematic aspirations

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