The world is full of rabbit holes. Sometimes we can end up in a crazy story with just one careless step. Here's a perfect example: a handsome wanderer receives a bundle of cash from a stranger who is about to die, only to be set upon moments later by gangsters. After deciding to partner with them, they head out to sea together on a long voyage surrounded by an aura of danger and decadence. It happens. Believe it or not, but life can truly be strange and surprising. Ostentatiously eccentric, with elegant black-and-white cinematography, a somnambulistic rhythm and abundant in absurdly high-pitched dialogue, F.J. Ossang's film is a poetic pastiche of film noir with echoes of the French Neo-Baroque.
Locarno IFF 2017 – Best Director
Born in 1956 as Jacques Plougeaut, F.J. Ossang is a French director, writer, poet and musician. He studied Law and Philosophy. He also studied at the La Fémis film school. His directorial debut, L'affaire des divisions Morituri, premiered at the Cannes Festival. He received a prestigious Prix Jean Vigo for his short film Silence. His DharmaGuns and Treasure of the Bitch Islands were screened at previous editions of New Horizons.
1985 L'Affaire des divisions Morituri / The Case of the Morituri Divisions
1990 Skarb wyspy suk / Le trésor des îles chiennes / Treasure of the Bitch Islands
1997 Docteur Chance / Doctor Chance
2007 Silêncio / Silence (short)
2010 Dharma Guns
2017 9 palców / 9 doigts / 9 Fingers