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Just Don't Think I'll Scream

Frank Beauvais
Ne croyez surtout pas que je hurle
France 2019 / 75’
Homing Maggie

Imagine shutting yourself off from the world and watch several films a day for half a year. This must be paradise for every true cinephile, right? This is just the sort of tête-à-tête that the director of Just Don't Think I'll Scream arranges with the 10th Muse, whose flickering screen allows him to escape—from depressive thoughts after breaking up with his long-time partner and from a world inundated with news about terrorist attacks. This obsession with watching films or, as the director, Frank Beauvais, calls it, film bulimia, gave rise to a fascinating project: the frenetic, personal diary of an artist on the verge of a breakdown, dynamically woven together from over 400 scenes borrowed from other films. This is much more, however, than just a found-footage display of erudition. Using the fragments of various productions—from erotica and Soviet sci-fi to bizarre giallo and West German thrillers—the director recreates his state of mind. A hypersensitive man, tormented by memories and lost in a small, conservative village in Alsace to which he escaped from overpriced Paris. Though based on recycled material, Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream is a unique experience that provides an insight into the mind of a troubled artist.

Mariusz Mikliński

Frank Beauvais

Born in Phalsbourg in 1970, Frank Beauvais is a short-film director. He studied English philology and was the selector for the film festival in Belfort from 1999 through 2002. His full-length feature debut, Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream—a personal, found-footage documentary—premiered in the Forum section at the International Film Festival in Berlin.

Selected filmography

2019Nie myśl, że krzyczę / Ne croyez surtout pas que je hurle / Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream

Cast & Crew

director Frank Beauvais
screenplay Frank Beauvais
editing Thomas Marchand
producer Justin Taurand, Michel Klein, Matthieu Deniau, Philippe Grivel
production Les Films du Bélier, Les Films Hatari, Studio Orlando
sales The Flash Forward
language French
colouration colour & b&w