Scrap Yard

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    Scrap Yard

    Casse

    Directed by

    France

    2013

    90 min

    • French

    Documentary

    For many men, going to the scrapyard is the equivalent of getting together for coffee and cake: screwdriver in hand, they get chatting while disassembling crankshafts and shock absorbers, coolers and oil sumps. Even for the sort of men who are otherwise tight-lipped, regardless of the weather and not least when the screws just won’t come loose. When they manage to salvage the exact part they were looking for and stow it away in a plastic bag, these tinkerers clad in oil- smeared boiler suits become poets: a Tunisian who rhapsodizes about his daughter’s blue eyes and soft hair; a smoker who thinks women are more beautiful in the summertime and longs for the bustle of Mali’s streets; another West African who talks about staring death in the face on a pirogue on his way to Europe, realising he was ready to die. Occasionally women too stray on to the scrapyard; a young girl puts a protective arm around her little brother, who is afraid of the forklift trucks. Nadège Trebal’s camera uncovers the melancholy beauty of a place itself doomed to extinction, leaving one wishing that heritage status could also be granted to this scrapyard.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Jean-René Coste
    Yohan Angelvy
    Alexis Viola
    Brieuc Dupont
    Clément Langlais
    Screenplay
    Nadège Trebal
    Cinematography
    Olivier Guerbois
    Editing
    Cédric Le Floc’h
    Music
    Luc Meilland
    Production
    MAIA CINEMA
    Production
    HVH FILMS
    Production
    NEON PRODUCTIONS
    Sales
    DOC & FILM INTERNATIONAL

    Press

    A beautiful concept which creates beauty and resistance on the same grounds where the consumer society rejects them.

    Jacques Mandelbaum, Le Monde

    Nadège Trebal

    Nadège Trebal

    France

    The joy of directing this story [TWELVE THOUSAND] to its end, keeping the necessary distance and at the same time, feeling it from the inside, was a rollercoaster! But I think it’s the least you can do, right, when you’re making a movie?

    Nadège Trebal obtained her degree from the Fémis Film School in 2006, where she specialised in screenwriting. She is fascinated by the documentary element involved in the writing of fictional films. In this vein, she has collaborated on the screenwriting of several feature-length films: Claire Simon’s ÇA BRÛLE (2006) and LES BUREAUX DE DIEU (2008), and Simon Collardey’s COMME UN LION (2012). SCRAP YARD (2013) is her second feature-length film, following on from BLEU PETROLE (2012). Her latest film TWELVE THOUSAND (2019) was selected in the International Official Competition at the Locarno Festival.

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