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Let the Corpses Tan

Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
Laissez bronzer les cadavres
France, Belgium 2017 / 92’
9 Fingers Luz

Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani once again take on cult Italian cinema. Like in Amer and The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears, they have resurrected the tradition of giallo, this time with references to poliziotteschi and spaghetti westernsin Let the Corpses Tan. And once again, they aren't satisfied with just a routine tribute: their only goal is to celebrate the past and stir up feelings of nostalgia-their ambitions are essentially avant-garde. Pop-culture conventions serve as a starting point for studying the sensual potential of the film medium. Their story about a group of gangsters and a massive haul of gold is dressed up in an exaggerated form consisting of bright colors, extreme close-ups, aggressive editing, pornographic details and over-the-top sound. The result is an insanely intense audiovisual experience.

Piotr Mirski

Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani

Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani are partners in both their private and professional lives. They were both born in 1976. She's from Paris, and he's from Menton. They met in Brussels in 1997. They used their savings to make their first short film. Their full-debut was Amer, which was shown at New Horizons, among other places. They later made The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears and Let the Corpses Tan. Their next project is reportedly going to be an anime-style film.

Selected filmography

2001 Catharsis (short, co-dir.)

2003 La fin de notre amour (short, co-dir.)

2006 Santos Palace (short, co-dir.)

2009 Gorzki / Amer (co-dir.)

2013 Dziwny kolor łez twojego ciała / L'étrange couleur des larmes de ton corps / The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears (co-dir.)

2017 Niech ciała się opalają / Laissez bronzer les cadavres / Let the Corpses Tan(co-dir.)

Cast & Crew

director Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
screenplay Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
cinematography Manuel Dacosse
editing Bernard Beets
music Simon Jamart
cast Elina Löwensohn, Stéphane Ferrara, Bernie Bonvoisin, Michelangelo Marchese, Marc Barbé
producer François Cognard, Eve Commenge
production Anonymes Films, Tobina Film
language French
colouration colour