The Feature on “The Bordeaux International Independent Film Festival”
We will invite Director Bertrand Mandico, and screen three works including "The Wild Boys", which won the Grand Prix at The Bordeaux International Independent Film Festival (FIFIB) in 2017!
The FIFIB is a French film festival that was born in 2012 with the aim of discovering talent of independent film directors. The FIFIB is interested in the young Japanese director Katsuya Tomita who was featured in 2013. During this year, the FIFIB has also featured Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, who gained the attention with, "Asako I & II" in the Competition section at the Cannes Film Festival.
We will invite Director Bertrand Mandico and Léo Soesanto, who is the program director of the FIFIB. Three works, including "The Wild Boys", which won the Grand Prix at the FIFIB in 2017, will be screened and a talk show will be held.
"Bertrand Mandico's films do not belong to any genre except to the one he has been patiently building for 20 years. Fantasy in his movies is in nature. It is the territory, lush, erotic and mutant where he places his camera." Stéphane du Mesnildot (Les Cahiers du cinéma)
"The Wild Boys" (2017 / France/ 110 min) the Grand Prix International Competition at FIFIB in 2017
Producer: Emmanuel Chaumet / Screenwriter: Bertrand Mandico / Cast: Vimala Pons/ Elina Löwensohn
"Ultra Pulpe" (2018 / France/ 38 min)
Producer: Emmanuel Chaumet / Screenwriter: Bertrand Mandico / Cast: Lola Créton/ Elina Löwensohn
"Our Lady of Hormones" (2014 / France/ 30 min)
Producer: Emmanuel Chaumet / Screenwriter: Bertrand Mandico / Cast: Elina Löwensohn/ Nathalie Richard
Bertrand Mandico has directed many short films and worked for several art centers in Europe. Two of his short films, "Boro in the box" and "Living still life", were selected in Cannes and Venice and have won awards in many international festivals. While directing 21 shorts in 21 years with actress Elina Löwensohn, he is preparing his first feature film, “The Wild Boys”, shooting in fall 2015.
Léonardy (Léo) Soesanto
Leo Soesanto is a Paris-based film journalist and festival programmer. His writings have appeared, among other publications, in Les Inrockuptibles, Grazia and Libération. He has been the programming director of Festival International du Film Indépendant de Bordeaux since its creation in 2012, a senior programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam since 2016 and the head of short films selection at Cannes Critics’ Week since the 2017 edition.
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