The Interview (L’Entretien)

Producer, Writer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor, Sound Designer: Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal (credited as Kathleen Man)

2002, Short Film, 16mm B&W, 20 min.

Distributed by the Shorts! Film Festival Collection

The avenue de la Grande Armée connects Napoleon Bonaparte’s Arc de Triomphe and Mitterand’s La Grande Arche, an imposing, post-modern structure which presides over the international business district of La Défense, located on the western edge of Paris.  This trajectory also marks the passage of Alain Avantil, the protagonist of L’ENTRETIEN, who journeys from the center of Paris to its outer reaches in search of a job.  Like a magnet, the Grande Arche lures him into a Kafkaesque world of mistaken identity and mysterious encounters.

Shot on-location in Paris, France. In French, with English subtitles. Funded by the J. William Fulbright Association, the University of Iowa Graduate College, the State of Iowa Arts Council, and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

An official selection at over 20 film festivals and winner of the following awards:
First Prize, Colorado Film Biennial: 10 by 10
Honorable Mention, Narrative, Humboldt International Short Film Festival
Nominee, Best Short, Ashland Independent Film Festival
Nominee, Best Cinematography, Ashland Independent Film Festival
Finalist, Chlotrudis Awards Short Film Festival
Best Actor, Toronto Online Film Festival
Nominee, Best Movie, Toronto Online Film Festival

Available on the Shorts! Film Festival Collection, Vol. 3 DVD