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TUESDAY
 
TUESDAY
 
NY Premiere

Director: Oscar Lalo

Switzerland, 2013, 6min
Format: Digital (screening) - HDCAM (shooting)
Festival Year: 2014
Category: Short Narrative
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Cast:  Oscar Lalo, Liv Southard
Crew:  Producers: Lisa Bunbury, Laura Bunbury - Screenwriters: Oscar Lalo - Cinematographer: Edwin Kim - Editor: Mathieu Peteul
Email:  oscarlalobluewin.ch

synopsis
Tuesday is a poignant, thought-provoking story of how life can take unexpected turns. Your neighbor, your grocer, maybe even your good friend could be in the midst of an unforeseen crisis. This is the story of a man struggling to keep all the pieces of his life together. Can he do it or will he lose heart?

director
Oscar Lalo has already lived several lives, like us all. There were serious ones; he was a lawyer, a hotel manager and a law professor. Then some very serious ones; he was a singer, a writer and a composer. He recorded some CDs, won a few prizes as a singer-songwriter, toured for several years and appeared on national TV and radio, both in France and Switzerland. He composed the music for a TV program, "Un siècle d’écrivains" on the famous French writer Patrick Modiano (France 3), as well as the theme music for Alexandre Adler's weekly show "Histoire de Comprendre" (Arte). Following this time was a long period of meditation where it became clear to Oscar that he would become an actor. It was not only that he might try to be an actor, on his way to finding himself, but that he had always been an actor. Having realized this, the first thing he did was to write a play. It was done in a fortnight, almost in spite of himself, the words came so fast. Then he wrote a second play. He sent it in to the “Théâtre de Poche de la Grenette”, a small Theatre near Montreux, Switzerland that not only accepted it, but also most generously offered him a residency. He left there for Avignon in a joint production at the “Théâtre du Monte-Charge." It was as if he had to find proof of his calling. Next came nearly two months of real pleasure attending an intensive workshop with the magnificent Jack Garfein, who became his director for "My Nights with Woody Allen." During his second period at Avignon he received a visit from Fatou Diarra, an actress and dancer from Mali. The day she arrived they decided to make "i téliya", a short film about infant mortality for which they won the Grand Prix in the competition "8 Le Temps Presse." While he was at it, he also made the film "Dimanche" about water for which he won three prizes; Audience Prize, New Bonds of Solidarity Prize and ARTE (French/German National TV Channel) Prize. The next year he directed “It’s nothing”, about the interaction of a man, two women and a cell phone. Following "It's nothing", he directed “Monday” which was nominated for The Women’s Prize and the Grand Prix. In June 2013, he was offered a lead part in a feature film in Bulgaria but had to turn it down due to the final exams he was giving as a law professor. After final exams that year, he resigned. Ten days later, he went to his first casting in Paris where he booked the role of a lawyer and several other parts in a commercial for a bank. Then he wrote “Tuesday” and shot it with the help of two wonderful producers, Lisa and Laura Bunbury. The movie was filmed in Los Angeles in August of 2013. In September, back in Switzerland, he shot another commercial for the international image of the city of Geneva. Then on the 4th of November 2013, at the 3rd ceremony of the Festival Le Temps Presse in Paris where "Tuesday" was nominated, he won a “Cinema Citoyen Award” consisting of an order to direct a movie for the NGO “Fight Aids." In gratitude for his daily meditation practice, he shot “I am a Quiet Hero."
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