Particles

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    Particles

    Les Particules

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    France, Switzerland

    2019

    98 min

    • French

    Drama, Fantasy

    Pays de Gex, on the French-Swiss border. P.A. and his homies are in their last year of high school. One hundred metres beneath their feet, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the most powerful particle accelerator in the world is crashing protons into each other to recreate the energic conditions of the big bang and detect previously unknown particles. As winter sets in and P.A. sees the world shifting around him, he starts to observe strange phenomena in the environment. The changes are imperceptible at first, but gradually his whole world seems to be on the brink.

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    Cast
    Thomas Daloz
    Salvatore Ferro
    Léo Couilfort
    Nicolas Marcant
    Néa Lüders
    Emma Josserand
    Screenplay
    Blaise Harrison
    Mariette Désert
    Cinematography
    Colin Lévêque
    Editing
    Isabelle Manquillet
    Gwénola Héaulme
    Music
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    Working with a great number of variations on the concept of frontiers, Blaise Harrison offers a very original film that is simultaneously simple and complex.

    Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

    Blaise  Harrison

    Blaise Harrison

    Switzerland

    I wanted the [PARTICLES] beginning to look like a perfectly normal story of adolescence, until a deregulation of everyday life slowly establishes itself and lets the film enter a much more cerebral, worrying, disquieting dimension, with the apparition of fantastical phenomena that become more and more important as the film goes on.

    Born in 1980 and having the dual nationality French-Swiss, Blaise Harrison graduated from the l’École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL) in 2003. After his first short film BIBELESKAES (2006), co-directed with Maryam Goormaghtigh and selected at the Visions du Réel festival in Nyon, Blaise Harrison directs 12 shorts for the documentary review Cut Up for ARTE France (Quark productions). He then directs SUMMER GROWING UP (2011) as part of a collection of first documentaries for ARTE France. This film was selected in 2011 at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, as well as in many festivals abroad, including the Dei Popoli Festival in Florence where it received the Best Documentary Award. In 2013, he directs a new documentary for ARTE France and RTS: HARMONY (2013), a French-Swiss co-production selected at the Locarno Film Festival. This film receives in 2015 an Étoile de la SCAM. In 2016, Blaise Harrison is part of the list of the «100 figures making French-speaking Switzerland» published by the weekly magazine L’Hebdo, while his films are regularly subject of special screenings (Mois du film documentaire, High School students and apprentices in cinema, etc...). In 2017, Blaise Harrison wins the Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma with his feature film project PARTICLES (2019), selected at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes in 2019. Alongside his activity as a director, Blaise Harrison regularly works as a cinematographer.

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