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by Andrew Kotting


Fifteen-year-old Alex is spending the summer with his beloved 18-year-old sister Freya in a farmhouse in the middle of a forest. It is a world of play and dreams, and they live with their younger sisters, their mother and their eccentric father, an aged Russian emigrant. When Alex and Freya are caught by surprise in a very intimate game, however, the familial balance is shattered. The father casts out his son, who manages to rescue himself on the rooftop. Alex swears to Freya that he will never set foot on the ground again and promises to wait for her forever. Moving from tree to tree, he progresses ever deeper into the forest.

original title: Ivul
country: Switzerland
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Andrew Kotting
release date: FR 20/01/2010, UK 23/07/2010
screenplay: Andrew Kotting, John Cheetham, Andrew Mitchell
cast: Jean-Luc Bideau, Aurélia Petit, Adélaïde Leroux, Jacob Auzanneau, Xavier Tchili, Capucine Aubriot, Manon Aubriot
cinematography by: Nick Gordon Smith, Gary Parker
film editing: David Dusa, Baptiste Evrard
art director: Anjo De Marignan
costumes designer: Leila McMillan
music: Christian Garcia
producer: Émilie Blézat, Elena Tatti, Thierry Spicher
production: Box Productions, Sciapode, RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse
distributor: Ed Distribution, Curzon Artificial Eye

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