A collection of three short films by Bertrand Mandico selected by the director
Born in March 1971 in Toulouse, he joined CFT Gobelins in Paris where he graduated from “animation cinema” in 1993. However, he only directed one animated short film: The Blue Horseman, featuring a surreal, organic and lyrical pagan rite.
He extended his visual experiments by designing faked miniatures for Arte.
Inventor of dazzling, crepuscular, humorous and sensitive universes, he works on cinematographic and narrative material by revisiting genres. He writes and directs numerous short and medium-length films selected and awarded in a large number of festivals or retrospectives. In 2011 for example, Boro in the Box is presented at the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Freely inspired by the life of Walerian Borowczyk, the film echoes a retrospective he piloted in Warsaw. Bertrand Mandico’s researches are polymorphic (texts, photos, drawings, assemblages) and some of his films (Living Still Life) are exhibited in art centers.
Bertrand Mandico is also working on a 21-film project in 21 years with Elina Löwensohn, reflection on the bodily states of the actress and fiction, where dream lives and cinema mingle.
At the same time, he wrote and produced a science fiction series, Prairie, intended for Belgium and Norway. In February 2018 released his first feature film The Wild Boys after a successful festival tour. The same year he directed the medium-length film Ultra Pulpe presented at Cannes Critics’ Week. After Blue (Dirty Paradise) is his second feature length motion picture.
Iceland, France, 2013, 10′
In an Icelandic cabaret, a woman leads us on an esoteric exploration of the inside of her body by means of an unusual video camera.
What you are about to see could change your perception of life, is how she warns us at the beginning of this journey/performance with an intimate landscape that seems to have a pornographic and retro touch but that becomes a pulp descent into the centre of the earth, sipping whiskey. Get lost.
France, 2014, 33′
Two actresses are strolling around the countryside while rehearsing a play and find a hideous phallic creature, covered in hair and saliva, in the trees. We follow the two women into a magical realm, guided by Michel Piccoli’s narrative voice, while grappling with the sensual call of the bizarre object of desire, Our Lady of Hormones, who rules this crazy fantasy world we are transported to.
France, 2015, 9′
According to an English legend, Joan of Arc did not die at the stake. With her eyes gouged out and deflowered by a stallion, she was condemned to roam the battlefield like a vulture, hunting down all the virgins still alive. We follow her in her pursuit, in a nature that rapes and mingles with bodies. A dreamlike landscape made of fears, exploded bodies, pain, kaleidoscopic colours and bright red fake blood