Nelson Monfort: Marina and
Gwendal, good evening.
Marina & Gwendal:
NM: It's a great pleasure
to have you here and to present for the first time
to the French viewers this program, which obviously
has been very much worked on.
G: Yes, obviously, a lot
of work on it and there's still a lot of work left.
We are only at the start of the season. We are very
happy because it has improved since Skate Canada 2
weeks ago, and we are also very relieved since,
because of yesterday's second place, we were really
wanting to do something beautiful and good tonight
and it payed off.
M: We are very happy
with this competition because it was not that easy
for us mentally. After our World title it became
more important, but yesterday we made mistakes and
we were very disappointed, and today the only thing
that helped us I think was the faithful French
public that still helps us, and we are very very
NM: You know Marina, we
like your accent as much as your skating!
M (laughing): Thank you!!
Annick Gailhaguet: Your story
is something very strong and deep. Maybe you could
explain us more what you want to express through
G: The theme is very
very rich so I think, as we said the other day,
that we won't be able to say everything tonight but
we will explain it all through the season. So it's
Beethoven's last night on Earth, when he finds
himself in front of a dilemma -facing the devil who
wants to take away his soul- that is "will he give
his last work to the devil"- the 10th Symphony, the
one that is unfinished, or... So, he has the choice
between leaving, going to hell and leaving his
symphony on Earth for the men, or giving it to the
devil and having time to pursue his life. And of
course, that is the basis for the story but then he
comes back to his life and the happiest moments of
his life. There's Marina who plays Teresa, the
woman he's always loved and that he left the day he
understood he had become deaf - or he was to become
deaf. He was afraid that she would quit him so he
left her with no explanation.
NM: Very, very beautiful
AG: It's pathetic
NM: I think we're going
to see some slow motions... When did you think of
this program for the first time? We know that the
programs are prepared very early. Last year it was
"Carmina Burana", this year it's this episode from
Beethoven's life. When did you consider this
program and this theme for the first time?
G: In fact, the first
idea came in June in New York, when I first heard
the music. I immediately knew it was the good one,
even before showing it to Marina. And I wasn't
wrong because as soon as she heard it she told me
"that's the music I would have wanted". And we
found it like that, and the theme came like that.
At the moment I heard the music I said "that is
really what we need".
M: It's hard to choose a
music because last year we had a very powerful
music and we really wanted to find something
different but as powerful.
NM: Marina and Gwendal,
thanks for joining us!