WRONG MEN presents
a short film by BRUNO TRACQ
with LUBNA AZABAL and LOCHLANN O’MEARAIN
Maybe this is the end. The red supergiant Betelgeuse is about to die and the gamma rays from the supernova could destroy life on Earth. Scientists are divided, the rumour is unstoppable. Sarah, a Belgian astrophysicist based in New Mexico, is spending her days reviewing calculations and controversial theories about the star. Since her colleague and lover Elliot died in a car crash, she is stuck alone inside her home, and suffers violent panic attacks every time she tries to step outdoors. She decides that the time has come to end this impossible situation. But a ghost from the past persuades her to do one last thing: if she must kill herself, to do it in the middle of the mountains, at the place where she first met her lost love. Finally the day comes. Betelgeuse is ready to explode and Sarah is ready to leave the house. Maybe this is the beginning.
Belgium/Ireland/USA — 30 minutes — Cinema Digital — English — 2016
Lubna Azabal's first important role was in 1999 in "Les Siestes Grenadine" by Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud. Having been noticed by André Téchiné, she played the female lead in his 2001 feature "Loin". She then went on to work with Nabil Ayouch on "A Minute of Sun Less" and Nadir Moknèche on "Viva Laldjérie". Tony Gatlif chose her to star opposite Romain Duris in "Exils" which premiered in the official competition at Cannes in 2004. In 2007, she appeared in Jalil Lespert's first film "24 mesures". Her international career includes "Paradise Now" for Hany Abu Assad and Ridley Scott's "Body of Lies" in 2008. In 2010 she made "Incendies" with the French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve la dirige en 2010 dans "Incendies", for which she was awarded the Canadian Jutra Award, and both a Genie Award and a Magritte for Best Leading Actress. She worked again with Jalil Lespert on "Des vents contraires" in 2011, and then appeared in "La Marche" by Nabil Ben Yadir for which she won a Magritte for Best Supporting Actress. Her most recent feature roles are in "My Revolution" by Ramzi Ben Sliman and the soon-to-be-released "Ustica" by Renzo Martinelli.
Lochlann O'Mearáin began acting with Dublin Youth Theatre and later studied theatre at Trinity College Dublin, having also trained and worked as a chef for many years. Enjoying 18 years of professional work in Film, TV, Theatre and Sound Studio Lochlann now lives with his wife and 4 small children in Mayo on the Atlantic Coast of Ireland. Most recent credits for TV include “The Musketeers” (BBC), “Outlander” (Starz), “Vikings” (History Channel) and currently filming “Inspector Jury” (ZDF). In Film, “Poison Pen” won best film at Ojai Film Festival in which Lochlann was the romantic lead in Eoin Colfers first screenplay. Currently appearing in Whit Stilmans critically acclaimed “Love and Friendship” and also “Pilgrimage” a 12th century tale set in Ireland due for release in September.
Bruno Tracq works in Brussels and Paris as director, editor and producer. He has worked as editor on many films - documentaries, short and features - in particular with Jaco Van Dormael (”Mister Nobody”), Alexandre Courtes (the TV show “Au Service de la France”) and Peter Snowdon (”The Uprising”). He has produced a number of documentaries and shorts for the Atelier Jeunes Cinéastes, Michigan Films and Rien à Voir (Brussels). He has been teaching at the film school Insas since 2013 and at the art school Erg since 2009. He has directed several short films and videoclips, a feature documentary on Michael Haneke, and two fiction projects: “Walking Ghost Phase” (Fiff, Next, Molodist) and Betelgeuse, with Lubna Azabal. “Héroïne”, currently in development with Wrong Men after one year in the Atelier Scénario of the Fémis, is his first feature film as director.
Peter Snowdon is a filmmaker and screenwriter. His short experimental films are distributed by the Collectif Jeune Cinéma (Paris), and have been widely shown around the world. His first feature-length documentary, “The Uprising” (Rien à voir production/Third Films), co-written with Bruno Tracq, débuted at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival in 2013, where it won the Opus Bonum award for best world documentary, and has since screened at over 20 festivals, including Turin, Edinburgh, Bratislava, and MoMA's Documentary Fortnight. He has recently completed a feature-length fiction film, “Le Parti du rêve du logement”, co-authored with the Groupe ALARM. Peter holds a Doctorate in Visual Arts from the University of Hasselt (Belgium), and teaches filmmaking in the visual ethnography programme at Leiden University.
Wrong Men was founded in 2012 by Benoît Roland. The company is dedicated to the production of art-house films and political documentaries. With a continuous presence in international festivals and markets, and with a strong network in European film makers for the past decade, Wrong Men is focusing in international coproductions with global appeal. Feature films: “Xenia” by Panos Koutras (selection Un Certain Regard Cannes 2015) ; “Prejudice” by Antoine Cuypers (release in November 2014) ; “Filth” by Jon S. Baird ; “Parasol” by Valéry Rosier (selection San Sebastian 2015)... Documentaries: “Babel Express” by Valéry Rosier; “Wrong Elements” by Jonathan Littell (Cannes 2016)…
Co-produced by Rien à Voir, Indieproduction, Savage Production, What About, RTBF (Télévision Belge) & Voo & Be tv.
FIFF, Namur, Belgium - october 2016
written by BRUNO TRACQ & PETER SNOWDON cinematography COLIN LÉVÊQUE film editing FRÉDÉRIC FICHEFET & BRUNO TRACQ original music LOUP MORMONT sound THOMAS GRIMM-LANDSBERG, DAVID VRANKEN, PHILIPPE CHARBONNEL visual effect supervisor ÉMILIEN LAZARON production designer FLORIN DIMA assistant director DAVID JANSSENS line producer DAVID RAGONIG co-producers BRUNO TRACQ, BRENT MORRIS, CONNOR BARRY, JOHN KEVILL producer BENOIT ROLAND produced by WRONG MEN in co-production with RIEN À VOIR, INDIEPRODUCTION, SAVAGE PRODUCTION, WHAT ABOUT PRODUCTIONS, RTBF (TÉLÉVISION BELGE), VOO & BETV with the support of CENTRE DU CINÉMA ET DE L’AUDIOVISUEL DE LA FÉDÉRATION WALLONIE-BRUXELLES
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