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Prendre feu

Catching Fire

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Male violence superimposes the innocence and growth. It is difficult to differentiate reality from dream, when everything is reality for those who protect the other. ‘May beetle fly/Your father is at war/Your mother is in Pomerania/Pomerania has burned down/May beetle fly.’ This German nursery rhyme sets the tone for the film and according to historian Hans Medick, can be traced back to the global Seven Years’ War (1756–1763). A hand pushes a mossy branch to the sky. A fire burns. A long shot reveals deep black smoke rising behind the boy.
In large tableaux alternating with dense, observant close-ups, photographer and filmmaker Michaël Soyez creates a scenario in which two brothers try to protect their friend from violence and anger. They live in a forest somewhere: a house, a young girl at the piano, an old woman. Only in excerpts do we come to understand this ensemble. More than the people, it is the colours and sounds that tell the story. The rich green, the dark red, the blonde hair of the boys who move in a labyrinth of emotions.

by
Michaël Soyez

France 2019

French, German

26’ · Colour · 2K DCP

World premiere

With

Léo Lebreton (Lou)
Enzo Bedouet (Thomas)
Léo Bedouet (Thomas)
Amaury Dallois (Jonathan)
Brune Lacoste (Hannah)
Yamakkasu (Stranger)

Crew

Written and directed by
Michaël Soyez
Director of Photography
Raphaël Vandenbussche, Michaël Soyez
Editing
Carole Le Page
Sound Design
Eric Ghersinu, Agathe Poche, Simon Apostolou
Colour Correction
Yannig Willmann
Producer
Camille Genaud

Biography

Michaël Soyez

Born in the south of France in 1987, after studying at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he turned his attention to photography, which he continues to pursue to this day. In 2016, he made his directorial debut with the documentary essay film Knockdown. Prendre feu is his first fiction film.

Filmography (short films)

2016 Knockdown 2019 Prendre feu

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Produced by

Paraiso Production
paraisoproduction.fr

World sales

Paraiso Production
paraisoproduction.fr