Press 10 AUG 2018

Emmanuel Marre scoops an award at the Locarno Festival for D’un château l’autre

D’un château l’autre (Castle to Castle), a new short film by Emmanuel Marre, was screened in the Pardi di domani section at the 71st Locarno Festival, scooping a Pardino d’oro for the Best International Short Film at the award ceremony on Saturday evening. The film has also been nominated for the European Film Awards, which will take place later in the year.

The short, which had its global premiere at the festival, was one of 29 international films competing for the award.

Spring 2017, in between the two rounds of the French presidential election. Pierre, a 25-year-old scholarship holder studying in a big Parisian school, lives with 75-year-old Francine, who is disabled and wheelchair-bound. Politically and socially opposed, they are perplexed and disoriented as they witness the unfolding electoral spectacle. While waiting for the results, they engage with each other, as Pierre tries to take care of Francine’s body and she attempts to heal his voiceless resentment. D’un château l’autre is produced by Michigan Films and Kidam. Emmanuel Marre likes forests, lumberjacking, boxing, poetry and architecture. He also worked as a receptionist in a social housing organisation, as a waiter, and as a life model for an academy. Disaffected with his literature studies in Paris, he escaped to Belgium, where he studied at the Institut des Arts de Diffusion (IAD). He splits his time between documentaries (Chaumière, 2013) and drama (La vie qui va avec, 2008; Le petit chevalier, 2010; Le désarroi du flic socialiste, 2014; Le film de l’été, 2016).

Founded in 1946, the Locarno Festival is one of the world’s longest-running film festivals. From the outset, the festival has sought to uncover new trends and has a track record of unearthing young film-makers who have gone on to become the leading lights of their generations.

Pardi di domani section is where up-and-coming talent shines, screening short and medium-length films by young film-makers and students who have yet to try their hand at the feature-length format. The section is divided into two competitions – one for Swiss works and the other for international films.