Pascal Laugier: ?They applauded my film and I felt uncomfortable?
Attending the Sitges Fòrum session was the director of one of the most controversial and shocking movies at this year's Festival, Martyrs, by Pascal Laugier.
The French director explained that he is a big fan of horror movies and that with Martyrs he wanted to "recover the transgressive point movies from this genre have lost. I don't know if I've managed to do it or not". He also stated that presently French directors, As well as Spanish ones, come up against North American productions. "I don't like French movies that try to imitate them, that's why Martyrs is so European, set in such a French cultural context".
One of the viewers referred to the possibility that the director was influenced by Michel Foucault ‘s work. Laugier responded that "indeed, he's influenced me so much that I know it all by heart".
One of the film's crudest sequences of extreme violence lasts 35 minutes; a girl is cruelly tortured. Referring to this part, Laugier stated that he likes movies that "treat violence like a form of entertainment", although he never saw his actress "as a piece of meat". The director wanted the leading character "to make viewers mad, make them feel her martyring process".
Finally, the director recognized that "Martyrs is a sick, hard to like film", and added that "now and then they applauded my movie and it made me feel uncomfortable".