AFTER BLUE / PARADIS SALE
The director of “The Wild Boys” returns as the sadistic all-seeing god of After Blue, a planet inhabited solely by women. There he watches the sensual Odyssey of young Roxy, who along with her mother are forced to hunt in a spectacular Wild West, looking for a wanted murderer by the name of Kate Bush who owes them her life. Building on the post-queer elements of his eccentric filmography, the director launches a sweeping attack on the senses with a hallucinatory journey over a vortex of primal instincts.
FRANCE | 2021 | COLOR | DCP | 127’ | FRENCH, ENGLISH, POLISH
There are directors filming our world and others determining and making their own. Bertrand Mandico belongs with the latter. On a planet of women, Roxy frees unintentionally a buried murderer and is sentenced along with her mother by the community to find her and kill her. It’s one thing to describe the film and another to view it. Because then you have to point to the music videos of the early 80s, Ken Russel and Terry Gilliam, Hammer and a la Corman Poe’s 60s adaptations, Macbeth (!) or the worlds of Kate Bush and Joseph Sternberg (!!!) lending their names to the film’s characters. An exquisite explosion of unique visual and sound atmosphere, a cinema you cannot place, experimental, sensual, dreamy. I.D.
DIRECTOR: Bertrand Mandico
SCREENWRITER: Bertrand Mandico
DoP: Pascale Granel
MUSIC: Pierre Desprats
EDITORS: George Cragg, Laure Saint-Marc
Elina Löwensohn, Paula Luna, Vimala Pons, Agata Buzek, Pauline Lorillard, Camille Rutherford
French director born in 1971. He studied filmmaking at Gobelins. Director mostly of short and medium length films, he experiments during each stage of production and has created the Incoherence Manifesto (2012). His debut was voted film of the year by Cahiers du Cinema.
2021 After Blue
2017 The Wild Boys