freely inspired by the film Braguino by Clément Cogitore
text and direction Anne-Cécile Vandalem
with Arnaud Botman, Laurent Caron, Philippe Grand’Henry, Épona Guillaume, Zoé Kovacs
and to the camera Federico D’Ambrosio, Leonor Malamatenios
and the children Léonie Chaidron, Juliette Goossens, Isaac Mathot, Daryna Melnyk, Ida Mühleck, Eulalie Poucet, Noa Staes, Léa Swaeles
and the musicians Vincent Cahay, Pierre Kissling
In Tristesses et Arctique, Anne-Cécile Vandalem deals with political bankruptcy and climate catastrophe in modern society. In Kingdom, inspired by Clément Cogitore’s documentary film, she depicts a family retreating to the Siberian taiga to find a way of coexisting with nature before human violence catches up with them. The impossibility of the future is one of Anne-Cécile Vandalem’s central themes. This is why children always have a fundamental place in her work. They are in the foreground, radiant, and no less so than in this new gripping fiction, a family thriller that is also a parable.