The Farthest Apple From the Tree

Andrea Gavazzi and Elmo Kebour

Interviewed by Isaac Vancuren for Chain NYC Film Festival

Can you talk about the choice to set this film in the present and only use minor technology, for example just a glimpse at a cell phone?

The fact of not showing much technology is not a thing that we went for. We didn't want to distract the audience from the story and from the evolution of the characters, so we decided to scrim the elements in the movie to what we thought was important. Making the actors interact in social media, for example, will only drive the attention away from their relationship more than adding something to the story. 

Were you drawing any inspiration from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" with a much darker vibe?

I think we can say that is like "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" meets Buffallo 66. We wanted that darker tone because we agreed that this will be a coming of age story where the character thinks he will find something in his father, but there's nothing there to find. Instead he will realize that he already had what he wanted, but from different people. So in a way he loses but he also wins. 

What was your inspiration to play with the contrast between the bright day mixed with the dark lit conversations?

This was mainly a choice to really separate Danny's world from his father's. The road trip and the adventure are a bright and sunny moment, that leads to a the sunset and dark living room of the confrontation scene. I'm really a fan of Caravaggio and that was the main inspiration for the last scene. 

Is there a particular filmmaker that inspired the tone of this short?

There are many filmmakers that inspired us, particularly Wim Wenders(Paris/Texas). 

I feel like you've scratched the surface of a bigger story here; are there any thoughts of making this a feature?

We are currently thinking about making this a feature, but it wasn't the initial plan. The story is a mix of my life experience and Elmo's, the struggles in our relationship with our fathers, was a way for us to tell a story but also confront our demons.