French filmmaker Quentin Dupieux believes that it is time for him “to close [his] flap”. While his new film The Second Act is scheduled to open the 77th Cannes Film Festival on May 14, the director announced in a note to journalists that he would decline any interview requests.

“Today, (…) I want to keep quiet. Not out of weariness or pretension, but simply because [The Second Act], very talkative, says with well-chosen words everything I want to say and already contains its own analysis in an extremely clear way,” explains -he in the message.

After having made six films over the last four years, the director specializing in absurd and ultra-short comedies – generally around an hour – believes that “the pace of releases has considerably accelerated for me and I have accumulated without realize it, a time of speaking in the media probably greater than the duration of my 12 films combined. A height”.

“We look forward to your reviews.”

For Mr. Dupieux (aka Mr. Oizo in electronic music), “it would therefore be useless, in my opinion, to listen to a director and his actors paraphrase a film in which everything is always said and commented on in real time “. “We are really looking forward to reading your criticisms, comments or insults,” he also quipped.

At 49, Quentin Dupieux has established himself as one of the French references in absurd humor, with 13 feature films in seventeen years. His universe attracts more and more stars, from Jean Dujardin to Alain Chabat, Benoît Poelvoorde, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Drucker. And for three years he has been able to expand his audience with works like Incredible but true, Yannick and Daaaaaali.

The Second Act, scheduled for release on the same day as the opening of the Cannes Film Festival, is his first collaboration with Léa Seydoux, Vincent Lindon, Louis Garrel, and his fourth with Raphaël Quenard, whom he revealed in Yannick.