Mercuriales

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Mercuriales

Virgil Vernier
F, 2014
Fiction, 108min, OmeU

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Mercuriales

Virgil Vernier
F, 2014
Fiction, 108min, OmeU

Cast: 
Philippine Stindel
Ana Neborac
Jad Solesme
Annabelle Lengronne
Sadio Niakate
Screenplay: 
Virgil Vernier
Mariette Desert
Sound: 
Julien Sicart
Simon Apostolou
Camera: 
Jordane Chouzenoux
Editor: 
Raphaëlle Martin-Holger
Composer: 
James Ferraro

Production: 
Kazak Productions, Arte France Cinéma
World Sales: 
Kazak Productions
Format: 
DCP
Color

With his eclectic collection of shorts, documentaries and the 2012 medium-length movie, ORLÉANS, French filmmaker Virgil Vernier has earned himself a reputation as a director who’s difficult to categorize. That label can certainly apply to his latest feature, MERCURIALES, an amalgam of narrative, verité, fiction and science-fiction that’s held together by a shred of a story, as well as by two alluring young actresses – Ana Neborac and Philippine Stindel – making their screen debut.
Shot on 16mm film by Jordane Chouzenoux, with most scenes using minimal light and natural decors, the movie has the stark, haunting look of archive footage that’s been fished out of the trash can of an unknown future. Further adding to the eerie atmosphere is a score by electronic musician James Ferraro that plays like a John Carpenter soundtrack remixed by a madman. (Jordan Mintzer)