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We left Robert Rodriguez when he had just directed Grogu, the adorable “baby Yoda” in an episode of the series The Mandalorian. He is at the Cannes Film Festival to present the thriller Hypnotic in Midnight Sitting. It is Ben Affleck who embodies the main role of this thriller in the role of a policeman who uncovers a terrible plot while investigating the kidnapping of his young daughter.
“Grogu and Ben are excellent actors, each in their own way, laughs Robert Rodriguez for 20 minutes. “One owes everything to the puppeteers who animate it, the other is a father very invested in his profession. He has a little Cary Grant side. Alas, neither of the two is present in Cannes but Robert Rodriguez is more than enough when it comes to talking about cinema.
An uninhibited B series
“I remember presenting Desperado in 1995 in front of an enthusiastic audience, he reveals. Hypnotic is also pure entertainment, a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock, which is ideal to be seen at midnight on a Friday evening. “Robert Rodriguez assumes 100%, his taste for uninhibited B series. “To write this film, I started from the title and I embroidered around it, he admits. I wanted a one word title like Psychosis Or Vertigo. »
Robert Rodriguez works with the family and believes that the cinema is an excellent method of education. “Films are like life: you spend your time solving problems,” he says. If you pull it off on a plateau, you’ll be prepared for anything for the rest of your life. “His son, Rebel Rodriguez, signs, in particular the music of the film. “I learned to work without a budget so I started composing myself, but he is much better than me. I’m just a craftsman, a king of the System D”, recognizes Robert Rodriguez.
The nerves of the festival-goers will be put to the test by this joyfully far-fetched story set against a backdrop of hypnosis and secret organization. “Hypnotizing people is a bit what directors try to do,” jokes Robert Rodriguez. They ask the audience to let go so they can take it to another world for the duration of the screening. “A technique that the director intends to practice on festival-goers, accomplices and guinea pigs of his cinema.