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