Debut filmmaker Marine Levéel’s “Magnetic Harvest” arrives on the MyFrenchFilmFestival, the web movie competition that runs Jan. 16-Feb. 16, capping a whirlwind yr of awards and recognition. It first premiered on the Angers Movie Competition, scooping the viewers prize, earlier than competing on the Hof Movie Competition and France’s prestigious Clermont-Ferrand Worldwide Brief Movie Competition.
Produced by Marthe Lamy and Jeanne Ezvan at Apache Movies, “Magnetic Harvest” was the beneficiary of state and regional funds, in addition to presales to France Tv earlier than taking pictures began, a key to the movie’s eventual success, in line with Levéel.
France’s New Rurals, a bunch of younger, bold staff who’re electing to remain or transfer again to the picturesque pastures of France’s countryside, take middle stage on this love story between a farmer whose prized breeding hog has escaped and an in depth good friend returned from an extended stint overseas.
Levéel spoke with Selection forward of MFFF about her personal rural upbringing, presenting an up to date picture of life within the nation and what she’s received deliberate subsequent.
Are you from a rural background? Is the setting of this movie one thing acquainted to you?
Certainly I’m. I grew up in a small village in Normandy. A variety of family members are farmers from technology to technology. With my siblings and cousins, we have been the primary to depart the area to review and work overseas, however I even have buddies my age who settled as farmers after their research. In France we name them “new rurals.” It’s arduous work being a farmer and a whole lot of films present that, however it’s not all harshness. I wished to point out one thing totally different, extra modern. I made “Magnetic Harvest” just a little like a fairy story with its colourful scenes and romantic parts. I wished to depict delicate characters in a world the place there may be hope to vary the views individuals have about rurals. Lots of people have instructed me it was totally different from what they have been used to seeing they usually loved the movie’s positiveness and modernity.
How did you discover the expertise of heading your personal movie? I see you’ve labored on a number of productions, however that is your first solo directing gig.
I labored arduous on “Magnetic Harvest” with the assistance of a terrific crew and nice actors resembling Gilles Vandeweerd and Victor Fradet. I liked the taking pictures; the climate was on our aspect and the locals have been amazingly useful. It felt like just a little household, everyone working collectively open air. I actually felt we have been all trying in the identical course.
Yours is without doubt one of the most colourful shorts at MyFrenchFilmFestival. The costumes, the settings, the equipment, even at evening, really feel intentionally vibrant. How vital was getting the colour palette of your movie right?
I’m an artwork lover and really keen on portray. I labored in a exact manner on the colour palette of “Magnetic Harvest” to acquire a pictorial impact, form of pop-art. I conceived some frames as work with the director of images Léo Roussel. Collectively we performed so much with complementary colours. I additionally picked the colour palette from work I favored to create the design of the digital maps proven within the film. Spring is a time of renewal and promise. While you work open air it’s such an invigorating feeling to observe the colours coming again. Mickaël, the primary character, is touched by this, and it influences him unknowingly.
How has the yr exhibiting this quick been for you, and what are you engaged on now? Any plans to direct a characteristic?
I had two considerations concerning the reception of the movie. The primary was my household, as a result of there may be a whole lot of me and of the place I come from within the film. The second was the reception of the viewers, and I used to be very scared final yr on the Angers Movie Competition for the premiere. However the public reception was actually heat, and I acquired the viewers prize – probably the most encouraging prize I might have received. The yr after was unimaginable, stuffed with pleasure and surprises. I travelled to as many movie festivals as I might slot in my schedule. It was additionally a great alternative to observe different movies. There are such a lot of filmmakers, and so many good shorts. It’s very stimulating to see how alive younger cinema is immediately, and I hope it should final.
To direct a characteristic can be the subsequent logical step, however funding is even more durable to get. You even have so much much less inventive freedom. I’m at the moment within the writing stage of one other venture about new rurals. I’m additionally engaged on a brief movie as a result of I nonetheless produce other issues to inform and to experiment with.