Our Guest: Jan Budař
The audience of Urania had the chance to meet personally one of the main characters of Javier Rebollo’s Woman Without a Piano played by the popular Czech actor, Jan Budař.
“Before you get frightened - I’m completely different in real life from my role in Javier’s film!”, said the actor about his character who suffers from Asperger-syndrome. As Jan told the viewers, the greatest difficulty he met during the shooting was to play a Polish man and so pronounce Polish without an accent, although he doesn’t speak the language at all. As an answer to the spectators’ question about what the title means, the actor said that in his opinion it signifies Rosa’s lack of creative energy and inspiration as a housewife living in Madrid. That is why the piano tunes are so important in the end, as they indicate that the night taking up the course of the movie has transformed her into a different person.
Budař also told the public that the role had found him in a miraculous way. He actually announced at the Q&A of Jan Svěrák’s Empties in 2007 in Madrid that he was a huge Pedro Almodóvar fan, and asked the spectators if there was anyone present who knew the famous director. Three people raised their hands and Budař gave them each a portfolio-DVD one of which ended up, instead of Almodóvar, with Javier Rebolló who picked him immediately for the role in Woman Without a Piano.
The actor also talked about the shooting saying that Rebollo was quite cool as to the creative procedure, had talked a lot about the script and the role all in an effort to help the actors’ job. The final result may have become so successful, because the director was always able to regard the film from a different angle, an objective point of view, which was very useful to proceed dynamically.
Inquired by a viewer, Budař claimed that he was indeed influenced by Aki Kaurismäki for the Woman Without a Piano: the photographer and the director are both great fans of the Finnish master of filmmaking; this probably added to the visual world of the movie resulting in a less Mediterranean style, lively scale of colours than a cold, bluish atmosphere that characterises it.