How did this feature film come about?
An idea that had been haunting me for a while: that of a stranger who arrives at your home and you can't get rid of him, but who finally becomes your Deus ex machina and saves you.
Why did you choose a dodo as the basis for this story?
The history of the dodo has always fascinated me. According to researchers, it appears as a charming and friendly animal, with an unusual and comical appearance, but also with a singularly tragic history since it was exterminated by man. Its story is universal, it speaks to all peoples. Especially to those who have been invaded or driven out by stronger people than themselves and who had no means to defend themselves.
You portray a gallery of characters who all drop their masks...
The heroes of the film are colourful characters, but above all they are at a time in their lives when they have to face a new reality and come to terms with the lies on which they have built their lives. The Dodo is a catalyst.
How did you work on these characters with your actors?
When writing the script, I worked a lot on each character separately. I invented their past and their story and then shared it with the actors. Each of them had a detailed story about their character. During the rehearsals, they worked with each other, sharing their stories and their imaginary pasts, thus tracing a road to get to the present, when the film takes place.