A. I’ve been directing theatrical productions for nearly 20 years. So I knew that directing for films would come very soon. I was waiting for the right opportunity and the right moment. I couldn’t dream of a better one than doing a documentary film on fashion designer Elie Tahari.
A. It’s when fashion meets filmmaking, and vice versa.
A. It’s when you can tell the story behind the clothing, especially when it takes you through so many emotions and happiness.
A. Fashion is art, and it doesn’t need anything to be added when you admire it. The clothes can tell a story, and it matches perfectly with the music.
A. I have many friends who are directors and filmmakers. I never felt I’m in competition with anyone. If I think that I compete, it would mean that I’m not feeling what I’m doing. I only want to offer the best performance to the audience and honour their trust and whoever allows me to showcase my work.
A. It was how to bring 40 years of fashion and great change into one hour. I also wanted the audience to leave with something in their minds and hearts. I also wanted people in the fashion industry, specialists, and fashion lovers to understand the behind-the-scenes of fashion and the journey of Elie Tahari and how he built his empire and his secrets.
A. Without film festivals, there won’t be any movies. Film festivals are the keepers of the industry. The film can travel all over the world. I was able to meet incredible people. Only film festivals allow this experience.
A. Good story + Good fashion. I also wished to make it entertaining and inspiring. But everyone needs to find their styles according to the story you’re showcasing.
A. Love, Patience, Sense of colours, beauty, and rhythm are essential.
A. The ads are more direct and often lack a story. The ad tells a message and sells a product. However, I like the efficiency of an ad, and I added some of it in my film.
A. It’s the story behind the product that brings awareness of the greatness of the clothing.
A. Don’t jeopardize the quality of the story, which costs nothing. Hire a good team, but as I learned from Lisa Azuelos, “don’t be afraid to be poor and don’t be afraid to be rich.”
A. The greatness of a film is that it’s different from a stage show, as I’m used to it. With a stage show, you have a deadline. The curtain is up at 8pm. With a film, you can take your time to edit and tryouts with audiences you trust. I was able to make changes as the film was touring from film festivals. I learned how to edit movies, so I edit my movies and can do my own surgery on the film. I also invited friends and sent it to many people so they could watch it and tell me what the movie was missing, which helped me to improve it.