Nathan Ambrosioni, who is not yet 20 years old, directed his first feature film in 2019: Paper Flags (“Les Drapeaux de papier"). In doing so he fulfilled his teenage dream of becoming a filmmaker, a vocation which had called to him ever since he first discovered the film Esther by Jaume Collet-Serra
Born in 1999 in a small village near Grasse, Nathan Ambrosioni became passionate about cinema after watching Esther, a Spanish horror film by Jaume Collet-Serra, at the age of twelve. He swapped his video-game console for a camcorder which he used to film shorts with his friends, including a very personal remake of Paranormal Activity.
Although he started out making horror films — Therapy (2016) would go on to be presented at the prestigious BIFFF (Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival) —, he found Mommy by Xavier Dolan (2014) so striking that he was inspired to "go beyond short horror films".
At the age of seventeen, Nathan Ambrosioni wrote the script for Paper Flags, which he submitted to several production companies. Sophie Doucet, from Sensito Films, intrigued and convinced of its potential, agreed to produce it.
The inspiration for a script often comes from an particularly powerful encounter, reading, event or conversation.
For Nathan Ambrosioni, it was the testimony of a former inmate recounting the conditions of his release from prison that inspired him to craft the central plot of a film, based "above all on the strength of a relationship between a brother and a sister".
Paper Flags carries within it the hope that a family relationship can be stronger than adversity. The young director's gaze sticks close to his actors’ bodies, seeking to capture and retain all the emotion and the truth, creating characters as believable as they are striking.
Lauded by the public, the industry and the critics, Nathan Ambrosioni, who likes to “pick up references from all over the place”, presents an impressionistic and authentic cinema, influenced by Xavier Dolan, Hayao Miyazaki, Jacques Audiard, the Dardenne brothers and Terrence Malick.
He discovers Esther by Jaume Collet-Serra at twelve years of age with his childhood friends.
Therapy is presented at the BIFFF. He writes his first traditional feature film, Paper Flags.
Audience Prize for Paper Flags at the Angers Premiers Plans Festival and the La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival.
Paper Flags released in cinemas on 13th February 2019.
As part of its partnership with the Angers festival "Premiers Plans", the Institut français will circulate the Nathan Ambrosioni's first film, Paper Flags (“Les Drapeaux de papier").
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