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Aurélien Gabrielli, the actor who needed to dwell his life

He’s chosen among the many revelations of the yr 2023 of the Academy of Caesar. Nevertheless, the 32-year-old Corsican, who determined to return to the island final yr, is cautious to not really feel euphoric. Him, all he needs is to play. However on his phrases.

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“You meet Cotillard, Hazanavicius, Duris popping out of the bogs… It is one other world. I spent an odd night. The day earlier than, I used to be in Erbaghjolu, and there I discovered myself in the midst of all these individuals . It is as fascinating as it’s disturbing. After I left the occasion, I wasn’t properly, really.” Aurélien Gabrielli sinks into the electrical blue vinyl seat of a café within the Cours Paoli, in Corte. The trace of an embarrassed smile on his lips.

The 32-year-old actor is likely one of the thirty revelations chosen in 2023 by the Césars. The academy salutes his efficiency in The world after usthe gorgeous first movie by Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas. Aurélien Gabrielli performs the function of Labidi, a younger man from immigration who, between small shenanigans and small jobs, tries to put in writing a guide on the Algerian warfare. And can see his world turned the wrong way up by the irruption of a younger lady, Elisa.

So final week, on the event of the announcement of the revelations, he returned to Paris, and lent himself to the sport with good grace. In look anyway.

“That is all that intimidates me. I do know it is fleeting, all that. It is only one evening, and on the finish, you go dwelling pondering you had been kindly given a style of this world, however you aren’t but a part of it. However the good factor is that I had chosen Gustave Kervern as my godfather, and we bought on very well!”

This Wednesday, January 25, he’ll know if he’s a part of the final 4 of the chosen, those that will compete on February 24 to win the César for revelation of the yr. However he assures that he doesn’t connect that a lot significance to it. Earlier than acknowledging that it could be to guard themselves from doable disappointment. “It is good, but it surely’s a job the place it’s a must to shield your self. After which, what issues to me is to have the ability to proceed working. And the Caesars, everybody is aware of it, it is a great way to get seen by administrators and producers.”

Throughout Florent, after I was enjoying Racine, the opposite college students burst out laughing due to my accent.

Once we retort that it should already be the case, with the pre-selection of the academy, and the superb essential reception of the movie, he replies tit for tat: “for the second no !”earlier than bursting into laughter.

It should be mentioned that Aurélien Gabrielli does nothing to facilitate the brand new Parisian tasks. Whereas all of the aspiring actors within the nation are heading for the capital to attempt to break into a really closed surroundings, the place it’s a must to see, and above all be seen, to get a spot, he has made the other journey.

After twelve years in Paris, dedicated to studying the career of actor, at Cours Florent and on the Conservatory, he determined final yr to return to Corsica, to his village of Erbaghjolu. “Everybody warned me, and I replied that nothing was ultimate, however that I wanted to return”.

Aurélien isn’t the kind to brag about it, however throughout these Parisian years, he chained roles for cinema and tv, but additionally on stage, the place he met, amongst others, Michel Fau, Jérôme Deschamps or Michel Bouquet, and interpreted Ibsen, Tchekov, Musset or Ionesco. A pleasant revenge. “At first, throughout Florent, after I was enjoying Racine, the opposite college students burst out laughing, due to my accent. After which over time, all of it ended up smoothing out.”

This return to the island is clearly not the sanction of failure. “A very powerful factor is to discover a steadiness, I feel. It would not matter what the results are.”

I ask myself questions, about every part, on a regular basis. On appearing, on what I ought to or should not do.

The implications are the chance of a digital disappearance from the radars of the very centralized French cinema.

“This yr, I labored so much, so much in Corsica. And I’ve no scarcity of tasks. However in Paris I’ve the impression that they have to see my departure as a sort of radicalization!” After a brief silence, the thirty-something provides, extra severely: “Generally I ponder if it is not true…”

For the younger man, doubt is like second nature. “I ask myself questions, about every part, on a regular basis. I am all day fascinated by this job, about what I ought to or should not do… Generally I ponder if it is nonetheless helpful, d ‘being an actor, with every part that is happening. Platforms, new modes of cultural consumption, movies which might be now not launched in theaters, or only a handful of days… I am really misplaced. Over time, I noticed that it was unattainable to make sure of something”.

The one factor he would not doubt is the place he needs to dwell. “Now that I am again, I do know I want to remain right here”.

For a yr, Aurélien has operated a sort of private riacquistu. “It was time to reconnect with my corsitude. As quickly as I entered, I registered on the college, at Praticalingua… I additionally take singing classes. I work with Jean-Pierre Lanfranchi, we toured this summer time with 4 performs by Molière within the Corsican language, and because of him I rediscovered this language which in truth I didn’t actually know. Once you begin to work on it, you notice {that a} language, it is a new method of seeing the world. It is grow to be an obsession”.

Within the café du Trésor, in Corte, this icy January morning, we’re removed from the gold of the Théâtre du Châtelet, the place the subsequent Cesar ceremony can be held. And Aurélien is not any worse off. “For 5 years, I very hardly ever go to the cinema. Usually, I’m bored there. I do know that it isn’t good, that I ought to! I learn the synopses, and I inform myself that I’ve in no way need to see it”.

He who devoured the movies of New Hollywood that his brother launched him to, on the finish of adolescence, the movies of Al Pacino, Robert de Niro, Coppola or Scorsese, he who then plunged greedily into the cinema French of Depardieu, Galabru, Marielle, Dewaere or Serrault, acknowledges it. Now he”exhausting to be dazzled”.

What I like is to play. Right here is. And generally I ponder if I am doing this selfishly.

“The very last thing that thrilled me was an American documentary a few man who climbs the peaks, with out being hooked up [The alpinist – NDLR]. It is the extraordinary facet that I like, I wish to see issues that take me utterly out of on a regular basis life, issues which might be out of the extraordinary. That is what captivates me, fascinates me.” Aurélien pauses. On his face fleetingly passes the shadow of an nearly infantile pleasure. “Knights, for instance! Do you see what I imply?”

An actor who doesn’t go to the cinema. Decidedly, Aurélien Gabrielli is stunning. “I feel what I really like is enjoying. That is it. And generally I ponder if I am not doing it selfishly. However perhaps that is what is predicted of us. pleasure, to be able to give it to the spectator…”

To play, and extra broadly, to create. In Erbaghjolu, Aurélien additionally writes. So much. He would really like, maybe, to make a movie of it. That he would notice. However as soon as once more, when he approaches the topic, it’s with warning: “in any case, I need to strive. We’ll see if I’ve one thing to say”.

Because the time to half methods approaches, the younger actor is requested who he would like to work with. “It will be somebody American, it is so extraordinary, what they’re able to do. For me, the highest is the one who made There Will Be Blood. Paul Thomas Anderson!”

A hesitation, as anticipated.

“However I do not know if… I am already having hassle discovering myself on an enormous French manufacturing, It paralyzes me, large machines. We’re not free, every part is calibrated, there’s the sound, the sunshine, the make-up artist… You may’t even transfer, you are a puppet, in truth. And within the course of, it’s a must to launch a textual content, and put feelings on it. It appears difficult to me.”

In entrance of our astonishment, Aurélien smiles. “I’m introverted, shy, at all times on the reserve. For a very long time, I instructed myself that it was in my nature, however generally, I inform myself that I’ve to struggle towards it. I’m properly conscious that every one this serves me. In truth, I’d have to have the ability to dwell in Corsica, and be capable to make skilled encounters, elsewhere, which change my thoughts. That might be the right steadiness.

As we depart one another on the sidewalk in Corte, we inform him that this highlight from the Césars could also be now or by no means. Aurélien places on his cap, and launches, coming into his automobile: “Rattling, it is true it is tomorrow!”

And from the seems he wears, there is not any doubt he actually forgot.

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