Damien Odoul’s Fear enters post-production
by Fabien Lemercier
- The filmmaker has wrapped the shoot for his adaptation of Gabriel Chevallier’s novel; the movie is produced by JPG Films and Tu Vas Voir, and sold by Wild Bunch
Following a top-secret shoot in Canada, Fear [+see also:
film profile], the seventh fiction feature film by the eccentric Damien Odoul, has entered post-production. Having risen to fame at the Venice Film Festival in 2001 with Deep Breath (winner of the Grand Jury Prize and FIPRESCI Prize in the Cinema of the Present section), the filmmaker has also put his name to Morasseix!!! (shot in 1992 but remained unseen until it was presented in the Venice Days in 2004), Errance (selected at Toronto in 2003), En attendant le déluge (Directors’ Fortnight 2004), L'Histoire de Richard O [+see also:
film profile] (unveiled in Orizzonti at Venice in 2007) and Rich Is the Wolf (presented out of competition at Locarno in 2012).
According to Cineuropa’s sources, the cast of Fear includes young actors Nino Rocher and Eliott Margueron, as well as Théo Chazal and Pierre Martial Gaillard, four non-professional actors.
Adapted by Damien Odoul, Aude Py and Loïc Gaillard from Gabriel Chevallier’s autobiographical novel of the same name, the screenplay (which, like the dialogue, was finished off by the director) revolves around Gabriel, a young introvert who comes face to face with the hellish fear and horror of all the carnage in the trenches between 1914 and 1918… After this frightful inner experience, filled with so much noise, rage and blood, he will in fact discover his own humanity through the conflict... Interestingly, the film has been described as a series of paintings blending hyperrealism with nightmarish hallucinations.
Produced by Jean-Pierre Guérin for JPG Films and Gérard Lacroix for Tu Vas Voir Production, Fear is co-produced by Canadian outfit Les productions de La Peur (14-18) Inc and by Arte France Cinéma. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+, the feature is also benefitting from the support provided by the CNC’s advance on receipts, the Indéfilms Sofica and the Centenary 14-18 Mission. The six-week shoot took place in Canada from 15 September to 24 October. Distribution in France will be handled by Le Pacte, while Wild Bunch will take care of international sales.
(Translated from French)