Arnaud and Chloe are spending their last night in town together and as time sets to draw them apart, they manage to connect in ways they never believed could happen. The Taste of Vietnam is directed by Pier-Luc Latulippe, who answered a few questions about his short and the use of language within it. The film screens as part of Short Cuts Programme 4 at TIFF 2016.

Describe your film in ten words or less.

The last night between Arnaud and Chloe. They do not know each other, or very little. Arnaud is determined to make her last night one she’ll never forget. 

What inspired you to make this film?

I live in Montreal, I speak French but am surrounded by people who speak only English. I found it interesting to make a film about a man who tries to seduce a girl but without speaking her language well. Misunderstandings put him in embarrassing situations and ends up acting nonsensically. When I was working on the script, I found it even funnier that the girl plays with his inability to communicate effectively.

What was the best thing about production? Most challenging?

Working with actors and crew, giving them a lot of freedom. Their points of view are always important to me. I choose people by knowing their capacity to become peronally involved in the project. The film at the end, never looks like what I had in mind at first, it’s better!

There’s such a feeling of missed opportunity within your short. Do you think that we’ve become more cautious when it comes to love in recent generations?

Maybe, I really don’t know. I certainly could not say about love in recent generations. My desire with this film was primarily to talk about the weakness of a romantic young man who cannot really express his feelings, because he is too afraid of losing the one he loves. He’s trying by drinking, but everything goes wrong.

What will you be working on next?

I’m writing two short films, including one in the same continuity as my two previous films, which also deal with relationships.

Your film is screening as part of TIFF. What are you most excited about seeing or doing at this year’s festival?

For the moment, I’m just really excited about having my film screen at TIFF. We will see when I’m there. I hope to be able to talk to a lot of interesting directors. Also, I’m curious to see the first feature film of Eduardo Williams called The Human Surge. I met him a couple of years ago and saw his short films. He does everything by himself in total freedom, always in beautiful 16 mm. Just filming his friends in mode of observation. It’s intimate and so fascinating. Very inspiring.

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