On the occasion of the presentation of the comedy horror “Girls With Balls” Olivier Afonso at the Festival of comedy of Alpe d’huez, meeting with a part of the team of this film crazy, screened in many festivals. OCS AlloCiné : How can we-show-you Girls With Balls in a few words ? In other words, as the film may surprise, or even split, we say, to know where one puts the feet ! Louise Blachère, actress : As I tell my buddies, it is a comedy about a team of volleyball female who finds himself lost in the woods and is being stalked by hunters, who will have to team up to survive and fight sometimes even with balloons. Anne-Solenne Hatte, actor : neither do We, we do not know where we were going to put feet, on all levels. Both in the narrative : there is a team of volleyball, you win matches, you share in the unknown, we get lost in the village and while rocking. In the same way that this meeting and this shoot have been addressed in the same way : it started with a week of rehearsals, meeting up with the girls, beach, precisely to be a lot more accommodating. After that, we trained, we did of course casacades, there has been full of changes, of climate… Olivier Afonso, director : I talk a lot about them as a comedy first and foremost, a comedy trash. It is true that it is a comedy that may come as a surprise, because there are a lot of codes. We allow freedoms. If I want to make explode a head, I exploded ! I am not at all in a will demo gore or something painful, it is still very fun. The basic story is quite simple : these are the players of volley that get lost in the forest and who of a sudden are taken in hunting by a degenerate. This is just an excuse to talk about the cohesion of the group, what are the people that are going to separate, that is going to take the head of the group and how it will happen… All this to realize very quickly that as soon as they unite their forces, it may work or not. It is all this life group that interested me. I really wanted a movie female, with female roles strong, as it talks about things other than problems of guys.
The film goes far enough, there are scenes a little bit extreme… Olivier Afonso : from the moment one is in for something extreme, this is where it becomes fun. Right from the introduction, from the beginning of the film, we understand that it is a film for a laugh, that it is a work of fiction. There’s even a narrator who reminds us that it is in the cinema. It is just to relax the viewer and tell him that maybe he will see things sometimes scary or violent, but it is to laugh ! This is for joke. So relax, it’s for fun ! This vision, sometimes far from certain scenes, it is just to be totally honest with the viewer. I’m tired of movies that suggest, and which we understand very quickly that it can’t happen. I wanted you to say that, at any time, it can happen, it can happen. What was the physical preparation for this film, which contains a lot of waterfalls ? Anne-Solenne Hatte : beyond the fact that this is a film with a cast quite feminine, which was great, is that we have been able to learn to fight to do our own stunts. We did a couple of training sessions, enough military. We were still 3-4 hours of training. With all the girls, we loved it. After, on the spot, it was different, we were shooting in the mountains, it was more complex, more dangerous. It was necessary that we compose with the natural elements. Louise Blachère : It should be said that the waterfall, it is in the game. As actors, you also learn a lot to fall, to pretend to receive a beating. The stunt with which we worked are really awesome and have made us great cascadeuses and large bagarreuses, thanks to their work. This is another rope game for an actor, it’s nice. Olivier Afonso : It was super important to me that this is the actresses who do their stunts. When we started this film, writing this story, it was not at all in a activism or a claim to something of a feminist, etc, We still wanted to go to the end of the trick : if you created characters that we don’t usually see, it had to also do things until the end : the actors do their own stunts. That people believe it ! Louise Blachère : It has even tried to learn to play volleyball ! It was hard work ! He had to have the air pro. Olivier Afonso : In front of the team of the Falcons, it has real players of volleyball, the team of Tenerife. We realize that it requires discipline, rigor, and devotion. It is quite military ! We’ve had the chance to work with them. Moreover, there is Jeanne and Serge among the references in the film. What were the other references ? Olivier Afonso : Jane and Serge, that is, a foot of nose to the series, and that made us laugh. Moreover, the character of Azuki, it is Jeanne Azuki. Of course, there are references to other films. But this was not the will of the fanboy, of the style : “I’m going to make you winks “. I am a child of the 80’s. I grew up with the films of the years 80-90 as Ghostbusters. There is the Spanish film that I like a lot too, such as The Iglesia. There are also the beginnings of Peter Jackson, Monty Python, The Void… All of these films have obviously nurtured. The COMICS, the cartoons… I wanted to find a little bit of Scooby Doo in the movie, the van, etc, it’s All part of popular culture, the pop culture that fed me, especially with a desire for total freedom. Moreover, there is a small side of Red is dead [spoof-movie that opens The City of fear], obviously less offset or surjoué… Olivier Afonso : indeed, I would really like to have the opinion of Alain Chabat on my film, if one day he hears this. I would like that he sees the film, he tells me what he thinks. The film already has a small little traveled… Olivier Afonso : Yes, it was in Austin, Texas at Fantastic Film Fest. He made GrimmFest in Manchester, and then to Sitges in Spain, Ithaca, New York, at the AFM in Los Angeles. This film was written as a film festival. And besides, there was one thing that I regret a lot at the moment, it is that we are losing this side show to the cinema, to the output side. When I was a kid, going to the cinoche, it was the holiday. It is for that that I want to do a film festival with an audience who will react or seeing at home with friends because it’s fun. It is a movie that you want to share. Is it that it has been complicated to mount this project ? Olivier Afonso : Yes, it is a real war edit films like this. You spend your time trying to convince them that it can be done. These are films that are in economies that are fairly modest, with little time to shoot. We are going to the energy, guts. A quick word to finish on Orelsan, who opens the film, among other caméos, we keep this secret… Olivier Afonso : With Orelsan, it is done simply. I worked with him for a little while and it became a friend. I proposed it to him like this : “You don’t want to make the narrator of my film ? You see the rooster in Robin hood ? Well, that’s it !” I asked him if he played guitar. He told me : “no.” I asked him to play the guitar and told him I didn’t want to Orelsan, but Aurélien Cotentin, of his real name. I wanted to Aurélien comedian. It was agreed not to be very careful as to how he was going to sing, to play on the fact that sometimes he sings false. To play really the comedy. A narrator, well to the West, completely to the picks, that is in the film, not to be in the movie. It spoile the film, in telling the end!!! It is the narrator the most rotten of the world, and also the most essential and awesome that I found ! Interview by Brigitte Baronet at the Festival of La Roche sur Yon, in October 2018