‘I could have died, I might have damaged my brain’

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JAspar Noe likes to provoke. at IrreversibleFilmed one of the most graphic rape scenes ever filmed. Show 3D non-imitation sex in love. and his movies enter the void And climax More drugs appeared than the Mötley Crüe rider. However, this 58-year-old director’s latest film is an entirely different kettle of Poisson. whirlpool Starring horror maestro Dario Argento and veteran French actress Françoise Lebrun, the story revolves around dementia and the difficulties of aging. “My dad said it was the wildest movie ever!” Noe smiles, as we gather for a beer at a central London cinema. tie yourself up…

Hello Gaspar! whirlpool It’s a tough watch. Did he come from a dark place in your life?

“My mom had dementia years ago, she died in my arms. I know those kinds of situations. Then one day, two and a half years ago, I had a brain hemorrhage in the middle of the afternoon. I could have died, I could have damaged my brain , but I survived. At that exact moment, COVID appeared on this planet. I ended up recovering, and I spent five months watching all the Japanese melodramas on my screen.”

How was your recovery? Has your life changed?

“For three weeks I’ve been on morphine. And then when you get out of the hospital, you start getting addicted to morphine, they give you other opioids. But I won’t take them. So for a month, I’ve been going from one mode to another all night – I couldn’t sleep. But After that I got rid of the addiction. I stopped smoking. I stopped drinking strong alcohol: no gin and vodka anymore, but I still enjoy life. I don’t miss cigarettes at all. I have never found a necessity to smoke another cigarette.”

So no more partying?

“I keep going to clubs, and I see everyone lost around me. I’m having fun, but I don’t want to put myself in a situation that might make me faint. I remember when I was filming enter the void In Tokyo, I didn’t do drugs, but I did drink. Often after filming I would go to a club and then the next morning I would wake up in my hotel room [not knowing] At this point I got home. I was drinking as if there was no tomorrow.”

your last movie climax I’ve seen people spit out acorns after a bowl of acid volatilizes. Do you know if the audience dropped acid and watched the movie?

“No no! This thing about soft drinks is becoming more and more popular. Every day you read the newspaper [and] Someone was hit or injected with a needle! Also, nowadays, there are many new drugs that appear to be found by people on the net. Not even the dark web! “

Apparently, it’s your old movie poster collection featured in the house where whirlpool Happen or occur. What is your favorite?

“I really like the poster 2001 With the fetus – the star child. Which I have is the most expensive? It’s an original poster from Germany for Fritz Lang’s Mwhich is a hand on a black background with the letter “M” on the palm.

She’s directed a few music videos in the past – including the fake, Nick Cave and Bad Seeds video. Is this something you enjoy doing?

“Yeah. I don’t like spending a lot of time editing videos so most of it is done as the main image. The last thing I did was to a guy named SebastiAn from France – it’s funny with a guy fighting in a nightclub. I often turn down music videos when I don’t feel like I’m Close to music. I really liked it when Nick Cave asked me to do a video for We No Who U R. I really liked the sound. It was so inspiring.”

Your movies always have great soundtrack choices too. Does this reflect your taste?

“I don’t want to put music I don’t like in a movie. In climaxSome of the music comes from Thomas Bangalter from Daft Punk. There is also a Daft Punk track [‘Rollin’ and Scratchin’] This is my favourite, there are some Aphex Twin [‘Windowlicker’]There’s Angie from the Rolling Stones. even in whirlpool, you can hear “Gracias a la vida”, a classic Latin American song. It’s so sad to make anyone cry – anyone who speaks Spanish! “

Your previous movies, like IrreversibleThey have always been rated very provocative. Is shock still easy?

“What was the last movie that really shocked people? climax It looks so cute compared to Irreversible. Even though the pregnant woman was punched in the stomach, I saw some people lose consciousness.”

Are we still cautious in the UK? Even the British censors used to cut off an erect penis.

“This is crazy! Why do people get shocked by penis erections!? But I am shocked – here whirlpool Forbidden [for people] Less than 15 years old. It is a movie for general audience all over the world. Any child can go see it. They even bought it for China. First time I get a movie in China. But I seriously don’t understand how the fucking board of censors in England gave this movie a 15 rating? What’s so bad about this movie, that will bother you? The film is psychologically violent, due to the cruelty of the arrow of time and the biological nature of the human experience. But I don’t see any scene that deserves a 15″ rating.

‘Vortex’ is now in British and Irish cinemas

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