A Lake

Un Lac
Director: Philippe Grandrieux

France, drama, 90 min., 2008, lithuanian and english subtitles
The story takes place high in snowy mountains, far away from civilisation, at a beautiful lake surrounded by dense forests, somewhere in the North. A family lives in an isolated house near a lake. Alexi (Dmitry Kubasov), the oldest brother, is prey to epileptic fits and terribly close to his younger sister, Hege (Natalie Rehorova). Their blind mother, their father, and their little brother are the silent witnesses to their overwhelming love. A stranger, Jurgen (Alexei Solonchev), arrives only to disrupt the fragile world of the family. The story evolves against the background of striking landscapes that will remind many viewers of the canvasses of the German romanticist Caspar David Friedrich.

2008 – Venice Horizons Award – Special Mention in the Venice Film Festival, Italy.

About the director:
Philippe Grandrieux has been hotly acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic as one of Europe’s most innovative and uncompromising filmmakers, his visionary films testing the very limits of screen language. Philippe Grandrieux is a French film director born in Saint-Étienne in 1954. He studied movies at the INSAS (Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle) in Brussels. He has made numerous documentaries, experimental television programmes and video installations, and is the director of three feature films: “Sombre” (1998), “A New Life” (La Vie nouvelle, 2002) and “A Lake” (Un Lac, 2008).

Section: Wide angle

Screenplay: Philippe Grandrieux

Dir. of Photography: Philippe Grandrieux

Cast: Dmitry Kubasov, Natalie Rehorova, Alexei Solonchev, Simona Huelsemann, Vitaly Kishchenko