Cloé Bailly is a Director & a screenwriter. I met Cloé in Los Angeles more than a year ago during a Karaoké night in Korean Town. I never saw her work until last week when she posted her film for Sonia Rykiel. I then automatically thought she had to be interviewed for The Parisian Flair!
Born near Paris , she lived in the South of France (near Marseille & Aix-en-Provence) until she was 18 years-old. After graduating high-school, she moved to Paris. While she was studying Liberal Arts at the Sorbonne, she was also acting. She went to the Cours Florent & studied theater for more than 12 years. She rapidly understood she preferred being behind the camera and starts working as a assistant director after having working as a journalist for Le Fooding or Les Editions Jalou. In 2013, she moved to LA as part of Dimitri Basil’s film crew & shoots in Sydney & Los Angeles. After this rich collaboration, she decided to start freelancing and now living between Paris & L.A. , directing commercials, music videos and fashion films. Her short film « These People »is promised for diverse film festivals and she is in the writing process of a TV short format with her friend Lola Bessis as well as a feature film.
How do you feel about Paris & Parisian people? Schizophrenic. Some days, Paris is the most beautiful & poetic city in the world, and the next morning, I find it oppressing, stressful and grey. Same goes for Parisians.
What does Parisian Flair mean to you? Good taste.
Are you romantic? 100%! But not a « candle-light dinner » type. I dream of great feelings, of Sublime, Greatness. Actually, I’m romanesque more than romantic.
Your dream? Pursue my passion for directing & screenwriting for a lot of various projects. And above all, to be able to work with people I love and build a true film family. And live for good between Paris & L.A! I also wouldn’t say no to a little Oscar either …
1. Let’s talk about French Food
Your favorite meal(s) in France? A flan at chez Julhès, an orgy at Clamato or at Miznon, a veggie bowl at Bob’s Kitchen, pasta alla norma at Casa Bini or Procopio Angelo, a bento at Mussubi or Ma Kitchen, a pho on Sainte-Anne Street … Nothing very Frenchy actually. Oh wait a minute, a cheese plate, more or less anywhere in France.
What is your Madeleine de Proust? I have so many … To pick one: a baguette just out of the oven with very cold butter.
2. Let’s talk about French cinema
Your Favorite French movie? Hard to choose … « the discreet charm of the Bourgeoisie » by Buñuel « La Collectionneuse » by Rohmer, « A Man & a Woman » by Claude Lelouch, and on a complete different note « The King & the Mockingbird » by Grimault.
Your Favorite movie quote? I would love to give you an answer more intellectual, but any extract from the movie « Les Visiteurs ».
Favorite French actor? Jean-Paul Belmondo until the 80s. Otherwise, I always had a little thing for Romain Duris. And for the actresses, loosely: Anouk Aimée, Isabelle Huppert, Charlotte Rampling, Catherine Deneuve, Romy Schneider, Stéphane Audran. More recently, Julie Delpy and Adèle Haene.
3. Let’s talk about French art
Your favorite French museum? The Orsay Museum. I’m very classical in my artistic tastes. And the Musée d’Orsay’s architecture is incredible, it’s almost an exhibit by itself.
4. Let’s talk about French escape
What is the place that feels the most French in LA? I have a tendency to run from the places that are « too Frenchie » in L.A. … But from time to time, I like to grab a glass of red wine in the bistro area of Café Stella in Silverlake. Otherwise, the shadowed courtyard of the Daily Dose has something very European.
What do you miss about France when in LA? GOOD red wine!
5. Let’s talk about French style
Your perfume? Flower Bomb by Viktor & Rolf.
What is the quintessential French look to you? A cotton white T-shirt and a Levis 501 (or a pair of feminine trousers) and a (nice) beige trench coat with the sleeves a bit rolled up.
6. Let’s talk about French literature
Your favorite French word? Why? Breuvage (beverage). It’s really weird but I always loved the sound of it.
7. Let’s talk about French music
Best French lyrics? A classic: « I confess it was a hard sweat, my love … »
Merci beaucoup for your time Cloé! Looking forward to watching your upcoming short movie “These People”.
(Post portrait © ® Juliette Abitbol)
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