The Jean Vigo Award goes to The Fear
by Fabien Lemercier
- Yet to be released, the new film by Damien Odoul has joined the winning ranks of a prize that rewards originality and potential
Intended to honour a filmmaker’s independent mind-set, originality and quality, the 63rd Jean Vigo Award has been bestowed upon The Fear [+see also:
film profile] by Damien Odoul (read the article); a date has not yet been set for the French release of the title, but it will most likely have its world premiere at one of the upcoming major international festivals. As for the reasoning of the Jean Vigo jury, they rewarded it “for its way of filming the folly of war like a theatre of cruelty. A journey through hell in a movie where cinematic experimentation and political rage exist in perfect harmony. For the obstinate path of its author.”
An adaptation by Damien Odoul, Aude Py and Loïc Gaillard of Gabriel Chevallier’s novel of the same name, The Fear is the seventh feature by the director, who rose to fame at Venice in 2001 with Deep Breath (Grand Jury Prize in the Cinema of the Present section), and who also has Errances (Toronto in 2003), After We’re Gone (Directors’ Fortnight 2004), The Story on Richard O [+see also:
film profile] (Horizons at Venice in 2007) and Rich Is the Wolf (out of competition at Locarno in 2012) to his credit. Starring such names as Nino Rocher, Eliott Margueron, Théo Chazal and Patrick de Valette, The Fear revolves around a young man immersed in the hell of the trenches between 1914 and 1918.
Produced by Jean-Pierre Guérin for JPG Films and Gérard Lacroix for Tu Vas Voir Production, The Fear was co-produced by Arte France Cinéma and Transfilm International, pre-purchased by Canal+ and supported by the CNC’s advance on receipts, among other sources. Distribution in France will be handled by Le Pacte, and international sales are managed by Wild Bunch.
It is also worth pointing out that the 2015 Jean Vigo Award for short film crowned Le dernier des Céfrans by Pierre-Emmanuel Urcun (produced by Stank).
(Translated from French)