Anthony Bajon, Violently Happy ! The young french actor just won the best performance award at the Cabourg film festival. Here is the exclusive interview our journalist Giacomo Leso conducted for Athletica. Photographer, Christian Lartillot. Clothe Left : Lanvin. Right : Dior.
Anthony Bajon: "A face that expresses the intensity of being. » We sat down with the Berlin Silver Bear winner (who is already preparing to play alongside Béatrice Dalle in the first Balibar film) to talk about how he prepared for his role as a young addict in Cédric Kahn's "La prière", which will be released on DVD in early June. While only having been screened in French theatres for a few weeks, the resulting Silver Bear has propelled Bajon into the frenzy of intercontinental promotion. Germany and Spain have already bought the rights to the film, and the dubbing and sub-titles should be ready soon. Shortly after this interview, Anthony Bajon, who, with this prize, becomes the seventh French lead to be crowned in Berlin (in the footsteps of Jean Gabin, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Michel Simon, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Michel Piccoli, and Jacques Gamblin), took off for Los Angeles. Other european cities and the Cannes Festival market were also on the distributor's promotional agenda. In Cédric Kahn's "La prière", Anthony Bajon, the son of blue-collar parents, flourishes in the role of a drug addict seeking redemption. Born in 1994 in the Greater Paris suburb of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, the young actor has been stunning family and friends from a young age with his stage presence and ability to bring a story to life. He is now reaping the benefits of his unconventional journey. We at ATHLETICA wanted to meet him. ... Left: Martin Rose @matchesfashion. Right : JW anderson x Uniqlo
Can you tell us about the film "La prière"? "It's my first lead role in a film. It was an incredible opportunity for me, allowing me to win the Silver Bear, which is already changing my career path. I feel like I haven't quite yet grasped what it all means." ... Left : Lanvin. Right : Dior
How were you picked for the role? "I went on an audition, like everybody else. I prepared for it by working out a lot, because I felt that it was my likeliest weakness for the role, which I have loved since reading the script. I've never been thin, and for the role of a drug addict I needed to present a leaner physique, along with facial expressions that show the character's inner suffering. I ran every day, went to the gym several times a week, and I didn't have to hang out in the drug scene in order to give life to my character. I was directed masterfully by Cédric Kahn, who was very present, accurate in its indications, who already knew what he wanted. And he chose us because we've never experienced drug addiction. This was the first set for me on which there was so little room left for improvisation. It was a good thing." ...
"La prière" tells the story of young people who, to end their addictions, join a Christian community isolated in the mountains, where they self-medicate with work, discipline, friendship and prayer. You play Thomas, a 22-year-old heroin addict. Is Anthony Bajon religious? "I'm not religious, but I believe in the transcendent force of prayer. I was baptized because I was born to a lower-middle-class family in a predominantly catholic country. I did pray once in a while during the audition process."
What is the movie's future in France or abroad ? "The film is still screening in some theatres in France. The DVD release is scheduled for the end of May. I'm leaving in the next few days for Los Angeles to promote the movie to American distributors and cinemas in the wake of our win in Berlin. Two european countries have already bought the rights, we hope that others will follow."
You've had an unusual career so far, only a few specific studies, you've started in the theatre, do you feel strong enough for what's next? "Since I won the Silver Bear, my agent calls me daily to offer me new roles in some new film. It's reassuring for me because I don't like failure. For now I know that I will be in the next Jeanne Balibar film with Béatrice Dalle, and I already said yes to another project, which is still confidential. Otherwise, I have not yet started to read other scripts. I would like to play a convict or a boxer. As for my training, I was an average student in middle school, but I respected the pact I made with my parents, which was: I would apply myself in order to finish in time without getting held back, and they would let me try my hand at an acting career. It started badly, I had to give up the drama class in school due to a conflict with the teacher. So they said yes. None of us foresaw what's happening today." ...
Are you still living at your parents'? "I'm actually just in the process of moving to Paris. Up until now, it was not possible at the financial level. So I was living in my teenage room, in my parents' suburban house. When I'm preparing for a role, I go over my lines alone in my room — I don't have a teacher or a coach. As for my high school buddies, let's just say that we've grown apart. It may be because of jealousy over what is happening to me, or the lack of common interests, I don't know. Professionally, to answer your previous question, I have pretty equitable relationships. I feel accepted with benevolence. It is true that up to now I have never stepped on anybody's toes or stolen roles from under people. We will see, but it is a good start."