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The Island

The Island

L’île
Damien Manivel
France
2023
74 min
Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests, Focus: Fabrications
Synopsis

It’s the end of summer after the final exams, and tomorrow Rosa will be leaving France for Montreal to start dance school. Tonight, she’s having a party with her friends at a place by the sea that they call “the island.” They spend the night drinking, smoking, chatting, laughing, crying, fighting and kissing, until dawn comes and they have to say goodbye—to each other, but also to their shared childhood.

The Island is both a fiction and a making-of film: scenes alternate between the beach and rehearsal room where the young actors (who use their own names in both cinematic layers) receive notes from the director or explore their roles through improvisation. Movement plays an important role; the film is like a choreography, a dance of befriended bodies, accompanied by recurring dialogue and commentary. It’s a farewell that is repeated until it becomes inevitable.

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Credits
74 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: French
Director
    Damien Manivel
    Damien Manivel
Production
    Martin Bertier for MLD Films
    Martin Bertier for MLD Films
Cinematography
    Mathieu Gaudet
    Mathieu Gaudet
Editing
    Damien Manivel
    Damien Manivel
Sound
    Jerome Petit,
    Simon Apostolou
    Jerome Petit,
    Simon Apostolou
Screenplay
    Damien Manivel
    Damien Manivel
World Sales
    The Open Reel
    The Open Reel
Screening copy
    The Open Reel
    The Open Reel

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