Marina Foïs: “A comedy is harder to make than a drama” | MAP Express

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 02:34 PM

Marrakech – The brilliant Franco-Italian actress Marina Foïs said Monday in Marrakech that a “comedy is much more difficult to do than a drama”, speaking of her desire to “reinvent herself” through cinematic adventures in many new cultures.

“I see comedy above all else… It is very complicated to act in a comedy and very difficult to write it”, confided the actress who began her career in Les Robins des Bois (1996), during a meeting with moviegoers as part of the “In Conversation with …” program, a forum for discussion with the stars of the 7th art who met at the 19th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival, placed under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI.

Deploring the fact that comedy is “sometimes underestimated”, the star of Asterix & Obelix – Mission Cleopatra (2002) expressed his love for this cinematographic genre, which allows actors to “cross the borders that frighten others”.

However, she noted that acting is driven by this perpetual search for contrast. “When you do drama, you have to find the humor and the comedy in the drama, and when you do comedy, you have to find the drama,” she explained, saying that “life is interesting because ‘it is contrasting’.

In this sense, the star of “They are alive” (2021) indicated that several actors were offered the possibility of wandering between the two genres, deploring however the fact that “a lot of serious roles are given to comic actors , but we offer fewer opportunities to so-called serious actors to make comedies, and that’s a shame”.

Evoking his adventures outside France, Foïs speaks of an opportunity to “reinvent himself” and put the counters to zero. “It feels great to be abroad with teams that speak another language and don’t know you,” she said.

Highlighting her experiences in Brazil, Italy and Spain, the actress who distinguished herself this year in “As bestas” by Rodrigo Sorogoyen indicated that “acting in another language is very pleasant because it adds a little technical difficulty, which, once overcome, creates a new opportunity”.

“All technical constraints are in fact an opportunity to renew. It’s very exciting to go and see a different culture and experience another way of doing things”, she explained, stressing that “the worst enemy of our profession is routine”.

Go behind the camera? “No, no, no… for a very simple reason: the more I do cinema and the more I meet great directors, I know that it is a profession that I cannot practice (…) It is a difficult profession and it is not mine”.

“I have no frustration with the place where I am, it is mine, it suits me, I like it…”, she assured, continuing: “when I read a script, I think to history and to the people who live this history. I have an acting reading and I can’t produce images”.

The actress, very active in 2022 with two new shells “Freewheeling” by Didier Barcelo and “The Year of the Shark” by Zoran and Ludovic Boukherma, concluded by considering that a good actor is the one who “makes himself available to a story, a character, a set and a director whose gaze on the actor that impacts the performance”.

For Marina Foïs, her dramatic performances were hailed by four César nominations for best actress: for Darling (2008), Poliss (2011), Irréprochable (2017), and L’Atelier (2018).

In addition to Marina Foïs, the “In Conversation with…” program will welcome Indian actor Ranveer Singh, French director Léos Carax, French actress and director Julie Delpy, French director Julia Ducournau, the second director to receive the Palme d’Or in the history of the Cannes Film Festival, and the American director and poet Jim Jarmusch.

Also in attendance will be Oscar-winning Franco-Lebanese composer Gabriel Yared, eminent British actor Jeremy Irons, two-time Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi and Swedish director Robin Östlund.

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Marina Foïs: “A comedy is harder to make than a drama” | MAP Express