Let the Corpses Tan

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    Let the Corpses Tan

    Laissez bronzer les cadavres

    Directed by

    • Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani

    Belgium, France

    2017

    92 min

    • French

    Horror

    Toronto IFF - Midnight Madness

    The Mediterranean, summer: azure sea, sun beating down... and 250 kilos of gold stolen by Rhino and his gang who’ve found the ideal hideout in a deserted village, cordoned off from its surroundings by an artist suffering creative block. But when two cops turn up unexpectedly, this little paradise, formerly the site of orgies and wild happenings, will turn into a hallucinatory, brutal battlefield.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Elina Löwensohn
    Stéphane Ferrara
    Bernie Bonvoisin
    Michelangelo Marchese
    Marc Barbé
    Marine Sainsily
    Hervé Sogne
    Screenplay
    Hélène Cattet
    Bruno Forzani
    Cinematography
    Manuel Dacosse
    Editing
    Bernard Beets
    Production
    TOBINA FILM
    Sales
    BAC FILMS

    Press

    Guaranteed to leave no spectator indifferent.

    Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    The craftsmanship on display in Let The Corpses Tan is flawless.

    Alice Hunter, Screen Daily

    The filmmakers orchestrate an incredible sensory symphony; both sound and images rain down, as if ricocheting off the white-hot stones under the Corsican sun.

    Aurore Engelen, Cineuropa

    Astonishingly faithful to its source although spiced with select and salient changes, Cattet and Forzani’s Laissez bronzer les cadavres may come to be recognized as one of the best and most original literary adaptations in decades, even as it is an astonishingly cinematic experience.

    Christoph Huber, Cinema Europa

    Hélène Cattet

    Hélène Cattet

    France

    We had two different backgrounds and giallo was the cinema which permitted us to do movies together because it unifies two kinds of cinema: entertainment and experimental. Laissez bronzer les cadavres is like L’étrange couleur: no psychology, all action. In that sense, it is important that the novel was written in 1970. There are always waves of progress and regression in what people find acceptable, so maybe audiences or producers simply are no longer accustomed to this approach.

    Hélène CATTET (1976, France) met her husband Bruno Forzani in 1997 in Bruxelles. Both were never educated in Film but made their first short together after saving money. In 2009 they directed their first feature AMER, which won numerous prizes including the Diploma Película Discovery in the New Visions section at Sitges. Shortly after they participated in the ABCs OF DEATH (2012) anthology. Their second feature THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY'S TEARS (2013) won also several prizes. LET THE CORPSES TAN (2017) is their third full-length feature film. It premiered in Locarno and went on to have much critical acclaim. Their filmography is inspired by the classic Giallo film, which is a genre of Italian thriller and horror.

    Selected Filmography

    Bruno Forzani

    Bruno Forzani

    France

    We had two different backgrounds and giallo was the cinema which permitted us to do movies together because it unifies two kinds of cinema: entertainment and experimental. Laissez bronzer les cadavres is like L’étrange couleur: no psychology, all action. In that sense, it is important that the novel was written in 1970. There are always waves of progress and regression in what people find acceptable, so maybe audiences or producers simply are no longer accustomed to this approach.

    Bruno FORZANI (1976, France) met his wife Hélène Cattet in 1997 in Bruxelles. Both never studied film but made their first short together after saving money. In 2009 they directed their first feature AMER, which won numerous prizes including the Diploma Película Discovery in the New Visions section at Sitges. Shortly after they participated in the ABCs OF DEATH (2012) anthology. Their second feature THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY'S TEARS (2013) won also several prizes. LET THE CORPSES TAN (2017) is their third full-length feature film. It premiered in Locarno and went on to have much critical acclaim. Their filmography is inspired by the classic Giallo film, which is a genre of Italian thriller and horror.

    Selected Filmography