Thursday, 12 August 2010

Marie-Ginette Guay Incarnates The Mother Of Jack Kerouac To The Big Screen

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Translation (by me):

(Québec) "I am really happy to be in the middle of such a human and artistic adventure," says Marie-Ginette Guay, who will interpret Gabrielle Lévesque in the film adaptation of On the road by Jack Kerouac. And due. The film co-produced by Francis Ford Coppola and Gus Van Sant has of a budget of $25 million and a very good distribution.

Filming began last week in Montreal and will continue then in Argentina and in the United States, until December. United on the set, between takes, Mrs. Guay prepared to slip into the skin of the mother of the famous writer (1922-1969). “It is a beautiful opportunity which was offered,” she explains by adding that she got the role's audition for Walter Salles (Notebooks of voyage, on Che) film.

Her last appearance on the big screen was in Continental, A Rilm Without Guns (Stephan Lafleur, 2007), where she was the female lead. This time, she's joined Sam Riley in the role of Sal Paradise, the alter ego of Kerouac; Garrett Hedlund (Dean Moriarty, alias of Neil Cassady); Kristen Stewart, the heroine of Twilight (Marylou, the wife of Moriarty); Viggo Mortensen (William S. Burroughs); Kirsten Dunst and Amy Adams.

Outstanding work

The actress from Quebec, who is also the artistic director of the Theatre Periscope, had read “a little like everyone” the books of Kerouac. The filming of On the Road plunged it in this “outstanding work of the American literature and our culture, a source of inspiration for a whole generation, in particular for the feeling of freedom which it insufflated”.

On the road tells the largely autobiographical adventures of the author and his friend through the United States. Regarded as one of the largest novels of the 20th century, the draft was originally written in the native tongue of Kerouac, French.

On the road is also the history behind hundreds of thousands of French-Canadians who emigrated to the United States and which forms part of our culture. “We all have somebody in our family who left”, Mrs. Guay underlines by remembering her great aunts who had moved to Dakota.

Jack Kerouac, born Jean-Louis Kerouac of Québécois parents with Lowell, in Massachusetts, wrote On the Road in 1951. It was published in 1957. It is one of the novels that founded the Beat Generation, whose work were largely inspired by jazz, poetry and drug taking. This will be the beginning of a brilliant literary career for the iconoclast author who had a considerable influence on the American popular culture, in particular Bob Dylan. His personal life, marked by his alcohol abuses, was much less glorious.

Francis Ford Coppola (Apocalypse Now) has held the rights to the novel since 1968, without ever succeeding in carrying it out. From there, it would have come very to the year 2000, before throwing in the towl. As for Walter Salles, he's wanted to make adaptation since 2005. They finally linked forces.

The Brazilian director, Golden Bear in Berlin for Central do Brasil in 1998, surrounded himself by faithful collaborators: the screenwriter Jose Rivera, the french cinematographer Eric Gautier, the composer Gustavo Santaolalla, the production designer Carlos Conti… all took part in the filming of The Motorcycle Diaries (2003).

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