Belgium, 2011, 103 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France
Topics: Drama, Environment
Program: New Voices/New Visions
Language: French English Sub-Titles
Johann has inherited the family cattle farm, which is part of a collective agricultural community in the foothills of central France. Utterly committed to his work, he takes solace in nature and comfort from a local woman to help him through the myriad challenges of managing a farm on his own while looking after his fragile sister, who is recently returned from a care home. The pressure from others in the collective to sell out to a wealthy local landowner is mounting daily. The head of the co-op, the principled Johann stands alone in the community. But then his barn goes up in flames. The insurance policy is void because he did not keep up with mandatory inspections. Soon it seems as though all he knows and loves may be lost…. Effused with quiet longing for simpler times, the restraint and visual poetry in his feature debut announce US-born, Belgium-based director John Shank as potentially an enormous new talent. His subtle characterizations evoke Krzystof Kieslowski, while his spiritual connection to nature echoes the work of Terrence Malick.
Director John Shank is expected to attend the 1/12 screening.
DIRECTOR: John Shank
Producer: Joseph Rouschop, Priscilla Bertin, Elisa Larrière, Judith Nora
Editor: Yannick Leroy
Screenwriter: John Shank, Vincent Poymiro
Cinematographer: Hichame Alaouie, Antoine Parouty
Principal Cast: Vincent Rottiers, Anaïs Demoustier, Florence Loiret Caille, Aurore Clément, Michel Subor
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Le Pacte - www.le-pacte.com
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