Film Courage: Where did you grow up?
Luna-Miti Belan: I was born in Polynesia and when I was 4 my family and I went back to the south of France, where I grew up.
Film Courage: How supportive have your parents been in shaping your career?
Luna-Miti: At home it’s a cool ambiance, we talk and laugh a lot, communication is really important in my family. If I have good results at school my parents let me do what I want.
Film Courage: What’s the best advice your parents have given you?
Luna-Miti: The best advice my parents have given me is to give myself what I need to do what I really want. My mother supports me a lot in my wanting to be an actress and my father wants me to do what I want safely, with good bases.
“…The most challenging (for me) about being on set is to find and express the right emotion, not more, not less, just the right one and to keep it as long as there are shots to film.
And the most rewarding is when you did your best and at the end of the shot the director says, “Great, that’s a good one !” while smiling…”
Luna-Miti Belan, Actress in HOSTILE Movie
Film Courage: How did you get started acting?
Luna-Miti: I was playing theatre for a few years, when I met Nathan and we decided to see what it would be like to make our own movie, and we both found our new passion.
Film Courage: Who are some of your favorite actors/actresses in your age range?
Luna-Miti: My favorite actresses in my age range are Emma Watson, Lou de Laâge and Josephine Japy (seen in the film « Respire » of Melanie Laurent).
Film Courage: What do you like to do when you’re not acting?
Luna-Miti: When I’m not acting I like dancing, traveling, listening to music, drawing and going out with friends.
Film Courage: What are some favorite things you like to do near where you live?
Luna-Miti: I like to walk in nature, discover new places and meet new people, go to the cinema and to the theatre, and visit old uninhabited houses because it makes me travel and feel a lot of emotions.
Luna-Miti: I made one self-audition tape. I think it is useful but I guess I could receive recommendations myself.
Film Courage: What is right with the world?
Luna-Miti: One thing right with the world is when people are sharing good things and feelings.
Film Courage: Do you ever get starstruck?
Luna-Miti: I some times get starstruck, but quite rarely, for example I’d really love to meet Leonardo Dicaprio, Marion Cotillard or Nicole Kidman J.
Film Courage: Any recommendations on how you keep a positive outlook and motivated with acting, school, friends, family and/or a part-time job? How do you balance this?
Luna-Miti: To keep a positive outlook and motivated with acting, school, friends and family, you need to be very well organized in the way of spending your time and selecting your priorities.
Film Courage: What was your first time meeting HOSTILE’s Writer/Director Nathan Ambrosioni like?
Luna-Miti: We met at school and we were friends before making HOSTILE so it was very interesting to discover him as a director.
Film Courage: How did you hear of the audition for HOSTILE?
Luna-Miti: Nathan just asked me to play Anna in HOSTILE. We were in the same class at school.
Film Courage: Who is your character in HOSTILE? What are her fears and motivations?
Luna-Miti: My character’s name is Anna Langston. She’s one of the two girls adopted by Meredith Langston. Anna is quite a fragile character, dominated by her older sister Emilie. She wants to do things right in the way of her sister want, but she is a little bit afraid of what is included.
“…I noticed that when a scene isn’t working as (Director Nathan Ambrosioni) would like it to, he made a lot of little body and face movements, so I guess when he doesn’t move that means he likes the scene. And most of all, the way he says “CUT” at the end of a shot can indicate, thanks to his intonation, if it’s a good one or not…”
Luna-Miti Belan, Actress in HOSTILE Movie
Film Courage: What part of you do you tap into for the emotions of Anna Langston in HOSTILE?
Luna-Miti: To play Anna, I had to feel very strong emotions like terror and it was a sporty role (I had to run, fall and I performed my own stunts and I loved it).
Film Courage: Did you listen to any particular music while preparing for you role as Anna Langston in HOSTILE?
Luna-Miti: I didn’t listen to any particular music while I was preparing the role because I prefer to concentrate in silence.
Film Courage: What did you do in between takes to keep the momentum going while on the set of HOSTILE?
Luna-Miti: In between takes I spent a lot of time with Julie Venturelli, who played Emilie. We were reviewing our scenes and passing very good and unforgettable moments together.
Film Courage: What’s your favorite scene in HOSTILE?
Luna-Miti: There are a lot of scenes I really like. I think my favorite is the scene with Emilie and Anna talking to each other through cans because we spent a lot of time to prepare it. We shot it with many different angles, and we did it again and again. At the end it was pretty hard to not feel tired after a long filming day. But at least the final result is very good I think, the editing is very interesting and I enjoy the rhythm and the ambiance of the scene.
Luna-Miti: I noticed that when a scene isn’t working as he would like it to, Nathan made a lot of little body and face movements, so I guess when he doesn’t move that means he likes the scene. And most of all, the way he says “CUT” at the end of a shot can indicate, thanks to his intonation, if it’s a good one or not.
Film Courage: How did your classmates react to your starring in HOSTILE?
Luna-Miti: When they learned I was starring in a movie, some of them didn’t react at all, but the majority asked me a lot of things. They wanted to learn more information and some of them went to watch HOSTILE on the big screen!
Film Courage: What is most challenging about being on set? Most rewarding?
Luna-Miti: The most challenging (for me) about being on set is to find and express the right emotion, not more, not less, just the right one and to keep it as long as there are shots to film.
And the most rewarding is when you did your best and at the end of the shot the director says, “Great, that’s a good one !” while smiling.
Film Courage: Where can someone watch HOSTILE?
Luna-Miti: HOSTILE is showed in festivals in a lot of countries, if someone wants to get information he can go on the Internet page of Light House Productions.
I know that the film is available….
Film Courage: You’ve had a few red carpet festival video interviews? What was the experience like being interviewed and having strangers watch the film in a large setting?
Luna-Miti: I had a few red carpet festival video interviews with Nathan and it was great! I was really nervous and excited at first but journalists were so friendly and cool that is was just pure enjoyment!
Luna-Miti: I am always nervous before a screening because we don’t know if people will enjoy the movie or not but that’s an exciting challenge. And when the audience came to see us to share their feeling that’s very enriching.
I had the chance to be on the other side of the table at an audition and I learned that choices are subjective and it’s sometimes quite complex to know what a person is able to do, or not do, with a short audition.
Film Courage: Do you have your own YouTube channel where you perform skits or vlog?
Luna-Miti: I don’t have my own YouTube channel because doing my own videos doesn’t interest me at all for the moment. I think there are some talented people making funny videos on YouTube, but I prefer to watch actors in movies with characters to play.
Film Courage: Do you think it’s important for actors to be heavily involved in social media?
Luna-Miti: That’s important for the notoriety of an actor to be involved in social media, but not too much because they may keep their intimate and personal life for themselves.
Film Courage: What do you read every day and why?
Luna-Miti: I read fiction novels; it’s like discovering new worlds and new ways of life. I enjoy thrillers because I like the emotions they make me feel, some spiritual books which make me think positive, and ecological news.
Film Courage: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Luna-Miti: In 5 years? Not in France. I hope in an acting school or university in Canada. And why not in movies?
Film Courage: Are you working on any current projects?
Luna-Miti: I recently worked with Nathan in a short-film in which I played with Zoé Adjani and Laetitia Rosier. I also played in the second full length film of Nathan during 2015. Now I’m waiting for some casting answers and I’m preparing for a theatre play and a spectacle of dance.
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