V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018


V' 16

Le Parc

The Park

Damien Manivel
F, 2016
Fiction, 72min, OmeU

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Le Parc

Damien Manivel
F, 2016
Fiction, 72min, OmeU

Naomie Vogt-Roby
Maxime Bachellerie
Sessouma Sobere
Damien Manivel
Isabel Pagliai
Jérôme Petit
Simon Apostolou
Arnaud Marten
Isabel Pagliai
William Laboury

MLD Films
Shellac Sud
World Sales: 
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Set over a single day and night in a desolate suburban woodland, this minimalist teenage fable plays like a remake of BEFORE SUNRISE directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul or the late Manoel de Oliveira, offering up a shred of story filled with touches of humor and, as the movie progresses, bizarre occurrences that take place in a dreamlike realm. Using fixed camera setups and delicately shot hD imagery, Damien Manivel follows a pair of anonymous adolescents – a rather seductive and chatty karate kid and a more quiet-minded gymnast – as they do a long walk-and-talk around their neighborhood park. The two are obviously on a first date and the performances are so natural, with the usual fits and starts in the conversation, that we could be watching a documentary about young love in provincial France.
From thereon in, THE PARK heads to much stranger places, toeing the line between reality and something possibly paranormal, especially once night falls and the girl finds herself alone in the wilderness. (Jordan Mintzer)

In presence of Damien Manivel.