Ten short films to discover2 min
À bras le corps (“Head On”), by Katell Quillévéré, 2005, 19 min.
Synopsis: Two children get up to go to school. Like every morning, they invent games for themselves, continuing their rituals of cruelty and complicity. But this morning something has changed...
After studying cinema and philosophy in Paris, Katell Quillevéré, together with Sébastien Bailly, created the Brive Rencontres du Moyen-Métrage in 2004. Her first short film, À bras le corps, was presented at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and selected for the 2007 Césars. Her first feature film, Love Like Poison (“Un poison violent") (2010), received the Jean Vigo Award.
Paris-Ficelle by Laurence Ferreira Barbosa, 1982, 17 min
Born in 1958, Laurence Ferreira Barbosa was previously an assistant, actor and director of several short films and documentaries. Her first feature film, Normal People Are Nothing Exceptional (“Les gens normaux n'ont rien d'exceptionnel”) (1993), praised by critics, also launched the careers of Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi and Melvil Poupaud.
Le Passeur (“The Smuggler), by Danielle Arbid, 1999, 12:30 min.
Synopsis: Ibrahim, a refugee, is hired by a French mutual insurance company which repatriates the bodies of Africans who died in France to their countries of origin. He soon attends his first post-mortem examination in an apartment in the Paris suburbs.
Born in 1970, Danielle Arbid left Lebanon at the age of 17 to settle in Paris. She works as a journalist and covered news about the Arab world before moving into cinema. Since 2000 and her film Alone with War (“Seule avec la guerre), her works have been recognised notably at the Locarno Film Festival and the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes.
Les Méduses (“Medusa”), by Delphine Gleize, 2000, 17 mn
Synopsis: Eight teenagers from the north of France are spending a day travelling to look at The Raft of the Medusa at the Louvre. Suddenly, the car breaks down high above the cliffs. They’re stranded on the sandy beach, under the dazed eyes of an exhausted chaperon.
A graduate of the Femis, Delphine Gleize won the César for Best Short Film in 2000 for her film Dirtie Basterdz (“Sale battars”). Les Méduses competed at Cannes as part of Critics Week in 2000.
Tant qu’il nous reste des fusils à pompes (“As Long as Shotguns Remain"), by Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel, 2014, 30 min.
Synopsis: In a village deserted by its inhabitants, flattened by the summer heat, Joshua wants to commit suicide, as his best friend has already done. Determined to first find a new family for his brother, he meets the strange Icebergs gang, threatening and armed...
Jonathan Vinel studied film editing at La Fémis, and Caroline Poggi studied Creation and audiovisual and cinematographic techniques in Corsica. Together they have made several films, including the short film As long as Shotguns Remain, which won the Berlinale Golden Bear in 2014.
Awa est une petite fille très gourmande (“Awa is a little girl who loves to eat”) by Barbara Creutz-Pachiaudi, 2004, 6 min.
Synopsis: Awa spends her days and nights snacking on nuts. One day she decides to challenge the monster who terrorises the souls around her, in a strange duel.
After graduating from La Fémis in 1992, Barbara Creutz Pachiaudi continued her training at the Film and Television Institute of India. A designer of sets, costumes and staging for cinema and live shows, in 2004 she produced Awa, her first film.
9.58 by Louis Aubert, 2017, 15 min.
Synopsis: Djal is sixteen. His dream: to run like his idol, Usain Bolt.
A graduate of the European Conservatory of Audiovisual Writing in 2012, Louis Aubert has worked on more than thirty films and TV movies as a location manager, assistant director, scriptwriter, show runner, consultant and director. He is a member of the Les Indélébiles collective.
Huit (“Eight”), by Mathieu Mouterde, 2018, 10 min
Synopsis: Léo, nineteen years old, dreams of just one thing: to gain the coveted position of “stroke” on the "eight", the most technical role on the most prestigious boat in rowing. But he is far from alone in aiming for this spot. To convince the intractable coach, Léo will need to go above during his final training session.
A student at the École de la Cité, Mathieu Mouterde trained in cinematography on eight major productions. He himself was a high-level rower.
Les Filles (“Girls”), by Alice Douard, 2015, 28 min.
Synopsis: Charlotte, who has just joined big sister Nat's football team, prefers to tan during practice. Nat, determined to win, forces Charlotte to change teams. The two sisters are now playing against each other.
A graduate of the Femis, Alice Douard saw her capstone project film, Extrasystole, screened at many festivals. Les Filles continues her exploration of femininity, the search for an identity within a group and romantic relationships.
Le Skate moderne (“Modern Skating”) Antoine Besse, 2014, 7 min.
Synopsis: Between fiction and documentary, this contemplative film follows a group of skateboarding farmers in the remotest reaches of Dordogne.
Influenced by Raymond Depardon and Bruno Dumont, Antoine Besse, a young director of video clips and ads, shot a film intended for the internet, without a producer, in Dordogne with his skater friends. Having racked up 300,000 views on Dailymotion in two weeks, the short film began to tour festivals.
The Institut français and the project
A partner of the Fête du court métrage Short Film Festival organised in France, the Institut français is responsible for its distribution throughout the world.
The 10 short films presented here are part of two series offered by the Institut français on the themes: “All About Sport”, and “The 50th anniversary of the GREC”, celebrating the anniversary of the The Film Research and Experiment Group created in 1969 by film-maker Jean Rouch and producers Pierre Braunberger and Anatole Dauman to develop the creation of the first short films.