Michel Gondry in Transilvania: ‘Experimentation is What Really Drives Me’

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Michel Gondry in Transilvania: ‘Experimentation is What Really Drives Me’
Cluj, Romania–Academy Award-winning writer-director Michel Gondry shared his thoughts on the creative process and the lessons he’s learned across his celebrated and wide-ranging career during a masterclass Saturday at the Transilvania Intl. Film Festival.

Gondry appeared in conversation with Tiff artistic director Mihai Chirilov, who introduced the French filmmaker by describing his own personal connection to the director’s work. Nearly 20 years ago, explained Chirilov, at the festival’s first edition, Gondry’s first movie, “Human Nature,” appeared in competition. “I don’t know if our invitation ever reached you,” Chirilov quipped.

Gondry recalled the early days of his career making music videos. “It was an age when you need to find a job, to pay the rent,” he said. “Doing this as a job was quite amazing.”

The director’s distinctive style and creative range were evident early on, as was his life-long preoccupation with animation. “Through the videos,
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