IN THE STILLNESS OF SOUNDS

by Stéphane Manchematin & Serge Steyer
2018 – 91 minutes – France

Legacy of his paternal heritage, Marc devotes the majority of his time to his passion: “I live in a world of sounds”. This existential quest leads him to put down roots, and start his family, on the edge of a forest in the Vosges mountains.
As the sun sets, he hides his microphones in the undergrowth, starts recording, and recedes into nature. All night his set-up captures the sound ambiance: breaths, cries, songs, scratches... Back home in his basement studio, Marc listens to his recordings in search of the extra-ordinary.
Curious and intrigued by his nocturnal activities, his daughter, Lucie, shows interest in accompanying him. She is often the first audience of the sonic canvases created by her father.
His work begins to gain in notoriety; in schools, artistic circles, and the musical scene… Soon a composer, Christian Zanési, invites him to collaborate on a project creating a piece of electroacoustic music.

A Les Films de la pluie, Ana Films, Vosges Télévision coproduction
Presales France Télévisions (L'Heure D & France 3 Lorraine)
With the participation of le CNC, of la Cité des Paysages/Conseil départemental de Meurthe-et-Moselle, with the support of la Région Bretagne, of la Région Grand Est and Strasbourg Eurométropole in partnership with le CNC, of la PROCIREP – Société des producteurs, and l'ANGOA

Image: Gautier Gumpper, Philippe Viladecas
Sound: Stéphane Manchematin, Marc Namblard
Editing: Stéphane Manchematin, Serge Steyer
Sound editing: Thomas Gastinel, Lionel Thiriet
Sound mix: Lionel Thiriet
Color grading: Christine Szymkowiak
Music: Christian Zanési

FESTIVALS

Cinéma du réel (France), TIDF (Taiwan), International TRT Documentary Awards (Turkey), Karlovy Vary International film festival (Czech Republic), Rencontres du film documentaire de Mellionnec (France), Festival International du film de Nancy (France), Festival de Cinéma de Douarnenez (France), Etats généraux du film documentaire de Lussas (France), Festival Interférences (France), Echos d'ici, Echos d'ailleurs (France), Traces de vie (France), Leeds International film festival (United Kingdom), Festival Des Films, Des auteurs (France), Northern Film festival (Netherlands), Festival Film Dokumenter (Indonesia), Festival Longueur d’ondes (France), Journées internationales du film sur l’Art du Louvre (France), Filmer le travail (France), Festival Réel-ment (France), Rencontres Internationales Sciences & Cinémas (France)

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