International Competition : 2016 Feature Films

The Park

Damien Manivel

2016
France
1h11
Fiction
Col.
Grand Prix Janine Bazin Best Feature Film 2016

Two teenagers find themselves in a park, where they look for each other by way of a sentimental, shy, gauche, and out-of-tune choreography. Damien Manivel films these two bodies in the landscape, and seems to be simultaneously recording the environment’s air and vibrations. At its core, Le Parc drifts away and derails from its prosaic craftsmanship towards an oneiric fantasy. Then comes the time for goodbyes – the boy returns home – and the time for nightfall. The ensuing text message exchange transforms into a breathless and heated power struggle. This episode opens up on a second choreography, which constitutes the hallucinated and possessed rerun of its previous iteration, like a conjuring rite carried out through the elements and figures of night-time. (Arnaud Hée)

Damien Manivel was a dancer before studying film at Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains.
Courts métrages
Viril (2007), Soit sage ô ma douleur (Entrevues 2008), La Dame au chien (2010), Un dimanche matin (2012)
Longs métrages
Un jeune poète (2014)

Cast
Naomie Vogt-Roby, Maxime Bachellerie, Sobere Sessouma
Screenplay
Damien Manivel et Isabel Pagliai
Photography
Isabel Pagliai
Sound
Jérôme Petit, Simon Apostolou
Editing
William Laboury
Production
Damien Manivel (MLD Films), Thomas Ordonneau (Shellac Sud)

CONTACT :

Lucie Commiot (Shellac)

lucie@shellac-altern.org

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