Si c’était de l’amour

If It Were Love
The film about Gisèle Vienne’s dance piece “Crowd” is a techno party gone rave, awash with repetitive movements, physical and emotional encounters between fifteen bodies charged with sexual energy. The camera keeps us plunged into the heart of the choreography, repeatedly zooming out to allow for an insight into the rehearsal process. Through staged one-on-one conversations between the performers, we learn about the background story of their characters. In this way, the characters in the choreography become the characters of the film: there is a trans* boy, a “Nazi” boy that desires a gay boy, a girl attracted to troubled people, and a woman who exudes raw sexuality. Reality and fiction begin to blend. Loud electronic music accompanies the ecstatic bodies moving in slow motion. The cinema becomes a rave and an extension of the stage, and a dance documentary turns into an exhilarating neon-lit fresco of a young, international troupe.
Continuing his exploration of alienation, hyper-sensuality, emotional violence, human tenderness, and performance of (queer) sexuality, Patric Chiha has created a transformative film with a distinctive style, dripping with visual and emotional intensity.
by Patric Chiha
With Gisèle Vienne
France 2020 English,  French,  Swedish 82’ Colour World premiere Documentary form

With

  • Gisèle Vienne

Crew

Written and directed byPatric Chiha
CinematographyJordane Chouzenoux
EditingAnna Riche
Sound DesignMikael Barre
SoundPierre Bompy
ProducerCharlotte Vincent
Executive ProducerKatia Khazak

Produced by

Aurora Films

Paris, France

+33 1 47704301

www.aurorafilms.fr/ www.aurorafilms.fr/

World sales

Best Friend Forever

Brüssel, Belgium

+33 6 72232718

www.bestfriendforever.be www.bestfriendforever.be

Patric Chiha

Born in Vienna, Austria in 1975, he studied fashion design in Paris and then film editing at the INSAS film school in Brussels. His short and documentary films have screened at several festivals. His feature film debut Domaine, starring Béatrice Dalle, premiered at the 2009 Venice Film Festival. His documentary Brothers of the Night screened in the 2016 Panorama.

Filmography (selection)

2004 Casa ugalde; short film 2005 Les messieurs (The Gentlemen); documentary 2006 Home 2007 0ù se trouve le chef de la prison?; short film 2009 Domaine 2014 Boys Like Us 2016 Brüder der Nacht (Brothers of the Night); documentary, Panorama 2019 Si c’était de l’amour (If it were love); documentary, Panorama

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020