When I Will Be Dictator
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    When I Will Be Dictator

    Quand je serai dictateur

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    90 min

    • French


    IFF RotterdamGöteborg IFF IndieLisboa Thessaloniki Documentary Festival Sci-Fi-London FF Bande(s) à part - Bobigny FF Kino im Sprengel, Hannover Mostra Internacional de Film de Dones, Barcelona Comptoir du doc - Rennes

    Is there only one universe? Do we only have one life? And when we die, is it forever? Is there something beyond the infinite ? Is there any link between our short lives and this Universe? This project tries to provide answers to these old human questions, elaborating a kind of personal and burlesque cosmology, based on the latest astrophysics discoveries. The originality of this movie will be to write these universal questions on intimate and family footage, in an enthusiastic way, by melting together amateur films and my own super 8 footage.



    Voice of Laurence Vielle
    Yaël André
    Didier Guillain
    Luc Plantier
    Hughes Maréchal


    WHEN I WILL BE DICTATOR is a curio that defies categorisation, straddling the line between reality and fiction (science fiction at that). (…) There are echoes of Patrick Keiller’s ROBINSON IN SPACE, but the use of found footage adds an extra degree of fascination, which is further compounded by the fact that the voiceover is based on a true story. Funny, thought-provoking and full of surprises, this film is a marvel to watch and is one of those curiosities the festival always manages to uncover. Not to be missed!

    Louis Savy, Sci-Fi-London

    We find ourselves in a universe where skilful editing explodes reality into a plurality of possible universes. Contrary to many dubious fact-obsessed films that abound in the hazy documentary sphere, Yaël André distils the home movie to extract its fictional momentum. Here, the most ordinary details bear the imprint of a diffuse strangeness; and a newborn’s smile, which we swear we have seen a thousand times, moves us anew, a cliché suddenly stripped bare (...) make no mistake: even though the film’s form becomes more playful and its tone more cheerful, the question of psychological life or death intensifies and boils down to one core challenge — accepting that one has no life except one’s own.

    Charlotte Garson, Cinéma du Réel

    No doubt this is a heart-rending story. But how delightful to have it delivered in such a cheeky, graceful and humorous manner!

    Jacques Mandelbaum, Le Monde

    Yaël André

    Yaël André


    Yaël André (1967, Belgium) is a filmmaker and writer. She spent her early childhood in Morocco, subsequently living in Brussels where she studied Philosophy and Scriptwriting. After graduating she moved to Berlin where she worked as a historical researcher on the history of East-German documentary cinema. She has also worked as a film programmer for different institutes. She now works on her films and video installations that have been shown in art museums, prisons and different film festivals.