We talk to the director of ''Diva'' and ''Betty Blue''

By Adam Markovitz
Updated November 09, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST

After directing art-house hits Diva (1981) and Betty Blue (1986), Jean-Jacques Beineix seemed ready to conquer international cinema. What happened?

You didn’t make any feature films between 1992 and 2001. Why?
I thought I was going to make several films in America. But one way or another, I didn’t match the standards, or [the studios] were afraid of my will to master the project.

What did you do instead?
I went to documentaries. I had the feeling that because the stakes are not the same, I could afford a certain amount of freedom.

Are you through with features?
No. One day I will take my cell phone and make a movie with it. And put it on the Internet.

What is it like for you to watch Diva now?
It’s like coming back to the roots of your life, watching yourself 25 years ago. I have been rebuffed by a lot of people. I have been condemned. But obviously, I was right.