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Mercuriales

Virgil Vernier
France 2014 / 107’

French Joane and Moldavian Lisa’s dreams of a better life crash on the rocks of modern French reality. Their friendship begins in the Parisian suburb of Bagnolet, where brand-name stores, malls and manicured streets alternate with housing blocks and emptying communities. Twin buildings tower over it all, once symbols of grandeur and prosperity, but now cold monoliths filled with steel and glass, totems of a modern civilization. Tentatively compared to Chris Marker and Jean-Luc Godard, director Virgil Vernier mixes feature and documentary film techniques to create a poetic essay about modern urban concentrations. Although he does not delineate a clear plot, he claims he is influenced by non-narrative artistic forms. “Narration is not what interests me most in cinema,” he admits in one of his interviews, “I film women and landscapes like the painters. I paint images of the modern world.”

Adam Horowski

Virgil Vernier

Virgil Vernier was born in 1976 in Paris, where he studied philosophy and fine art. He is a director, screenwriter, actor and cinematographer. He has produced more than a dozen short and medium-length films, most of which toe the line between fiction and documentary. At the 2012 Locarno IFF he received a nomination for the Golden Leopard in the “Cineasti del presente” competition for his film “Orlean,” which screened during the 13th T-Mobile New Horizons Film Festival.

Selected filmography

2001 Karine (short)

2009 Commissariat (doc.)

2010 Pandore (short doc.)

2012 Dziewice z Orleanu / Orléans

2013 Andorre (short doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Virgil Vernier
screenplay Mariette Désert, Virgil Vernier
cinematography Jordane Chouzenoux
editing Raphaëlle Martin-Holger
music James Ferraro
sound Julien Sicart
cast Ana Neborac, Philippine Stindel, Jad Solesme, Annabelle Lengronne, Sadia Niakaté, Damien Bonnard, Isaïe-Theodore Korenfelé
producer Jean-Christophe Reymond, Amaury Ovise
production Kazak Productions
sales Kazak Productions
language French
colouration colour