A Violent Desire for Joy

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    A Violent Desire for Joy

    Un violent désir de bonheur

    Directed by

    France

    2018

    75 min

    • French

    Fiction

    1792\. Far from the epicentre of the French Revolution, the monastery of young monk Gabriel is requisitioned by the revolutionary troops to serve as barracks. The new ideas Gabriel discovers through the forced cohabitation between monks and soldiers don't leave him indifferent.

    Awards

    • Endless Revolutions Best Film Award - Sevilla IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Quentin Dolmaire
    Grace Seri
    Francis Leplay
    Franc Bruneau
    Vincent Cardonan
    Ilias Le Doré
    Screenplay
    Chloé Chevalier
    Clément Schneider
    Cinematography
    Manuel Bolaños
    Editing
    Anna Brunstein
    Music
    Joaquim Pavy
    Sales
    SHELLAC
    Production
    LES FILMS D'ARGILE

    Press

    Working in the tradition of Rohmer, Pasolini and Eugene Green, young filmmaker Clement Schneider, born in 1989, has created a film that’s less concerned with historical veracity and expensive re-enactments than it is with feelings and concepts compacted to a recognizable and human scale.

    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

    The fact that Schneider can explore relatively complex ideas — which involve casting off a former identity and its rules to absorb a new one for both an individual and a whole political system and country — with just a few actors is a testament to his filmmaking skills and creative talents.

    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

    An 18th-century monk, played with intense fervour by Quentin Dolmaire, is excited by the radicalism of the age and the sensuality of nature in Clément Schneider’s potent first feature.

    Caspar Salmon , BFI

    Clément Schneider

    Clément Schneider

    France

    Born in 1989 in France, Clément Schneider studied filmmaking at La Fémis where he graduated in 2013. He directed several shorts during his studies, but also self-produced and directed a feature film SKETCHES ON THE THEME OF LOVE. Since he finished La Fémis, he co-founded a production company Les Films d’Argile, in order to produce independant films – fiction and documentaries. He also keeps writing and directing his own films, like AMONG THE BEASTS, finalist of Sopadin Junior Best Script Price 2015.

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