Annonce des auteur.e.s-lauréat.e.s de la Sélection Annuelle 2022

Intense filmmakers for times of crisis!

28 March 2022

The world seems to be going crazy. And as Europe trembles, the brains around us seem to be agitated. As if a disordered world were the trigger of a new appetite for stories and building common among the rising screenwriters. At Le Groupe Ouest, a selection of intense filmmakers is preparing to land on the beaches of Finistère (Brittany), to come and harden their stories with brainstorming sessions and collective acceleration of neurons!

All eight are carriers of a generosity and a strength that fills with hope, a willingness to fight that warms and a poetic power that made us want to take them on the adventure of the 2022 Annual Selection:

A MOI AUSSI ÇA FAIT MAL, by Josza Anjembe

Just as he is about to fulfil his dream of becoming a journalist in a major newsroom, Abi, 25, black, reserved and solitary, meets Gaëtan, 35, white, good-natured and enthusiastic. Gaëtan falls under Abi’s spell at first sight. Determined to seduce him, Gaëtan sets his sights on Abi. Fascinated by Gaëtan’s joie de vivre, Abi succumbs. A romance of madness, ardour, intoxication and passion begins. At Gaëtan’s side, Abi emancipates himself, gradually freeing himself from his shyness and discovering a world he knows little about: the gay, hip, Parisian milieu. Despite the worlds that separate them, Abi flourishes and falls madly in love. The two lovers live the perfect love. But as the days go by, with habits, encounters, and events, Gaëtan shows a side of him that Abi was unaware of until then, and reveals himself to be humiliating, degrading, and racist.

Photo ©Manu Dorlis

PIGEON WARS, by Dania Bdeir

Rana (20) lives alone in a student neighbourhood in Beirut. A fearless and competitive young woman, she now only spends time with her younger sister Nadine, who is passionate about birds and towards whom she is very protective. When Rana goes too far, putting Nadine and her friends in danger, Nadine decides not to talk to her sister anymore. To win her back, Rana wants to give her the Nicobar, a rare and beautiful pigeon. Nadine had praised it when they met Hassan (21), a pigeon trainer from a traditionalist family. Hassan had told them then about the mysterious world of pigeon racing. Rana convinces Hassan to teach her the rules of this competition and to help her capture the Nicobar. Throughout the training sessions, a friendship develops. Rana agrees to let her guard down and to finally dare to show her vulnerability.

LE DERNIER DES CAILLOUX, by Caroline Cherrier

Firmin Caillou has just lost his explorer parents, who disappeared at sea. Taken in by his aunt Anna in Brittany, he has trouble with this family of cockle fishermen, so humble, far from the adventurous spirit to which he aspires. Fleeing the mockery of his cousins, he finds himself with Ricette on the lighthouse of which she is the keeper. At night, he discovers a huge, lost sea creature trying to communicate with the lighthouse foghorn. Firmin becomes attached to this lonely monstress, the last of her kind.

DINGUERIE, by Rachid Djaïdani

Zyna, 30 years old, works as a security guard on the docks of Fos-sur-Mer alongside her father. But her passion is the Seventh Art. Thanks to an international competition, she wins the opportunity to make her short film and then screen it at the Cannes Film Festival… Alas, an insurmountable wall rises before her. The inhabitants of the neighbourhood radically oppose the filming, which they believe is influenced by “the devil’s malice.” Requiem, the local wholesaler, offers her his protection. In return, Zyna will have to close her eyes and let a container of coke pass through. Will Zyna accept this deal, at the risk of betraying her father and her convictions? This is the price to pay to make her Dinguerie, her short film in homage to Sohan, her late and beloved homosexual big brother…

Photo ©Zaïa Djaïdani

BELLE-ÎLE, by Elie Grappe, cowritten with Victor Jestin

One afternoon in August 1934, fifty-six boys escape from the penal colony for minors of Belle-Ile-en-Mer. They spread out over the island. Overwhelmed, the colony offers twenty francs to anyone who brings back a fugitive. Locals, fishermen, tourists, everyone joins the hunt…

PÉPITE, by Cyril Houplain

“Pépite has disappeared, Pépite is my friend, my friend is an ant, a red ant.” Thus begins the most incredible of epics, a journey of initiation across the world that will not fail to put to the test a very singular friendship – the one that unites a young London vagabond and a red ant from the Arizona desert.

TO BLED OR NOT TO BLED? by Azedine Kasri, cowritten with Margaux Dieudonné & Simon Serna

Dali, a Frenchman in his thirties of Algerian origin, joins his parents who have retired in a village in Kabylia. He wants to live the Algerian dream: to found a company and get married, as his parents wish. But his meeting with Raïssa, 26, a young, black Algerian woman of Tuareg origin and ready to do anything to cross the Mediterranean, will change everything. In the midst of sheep fights, misappropriated subsidies and youth movements for freedom, a question arises: To leave or to stay? To bled or not to bled?

LES CHEVREUILS, by Elisabeth Vogler

Jarod is about to turn 30 and is mixed race. He is facing a series of setbacks and will soon have to leave his flat. His sister suggests that he moves into a house they inherited from a great aunt in Dordogne. Jarod accepts out of desperation. He feels even more lonely than in the city, and because of the lack of network, he cannot work. Just as he is about to lose his job, he crosses the path of a deer and has a revelation. His life changes, he will stop being sad. He starts to make friends with the people around him. He turns his house into a place of passage. He dresses in women’s clothes. His sister is sceptical of this change and wants to take over the house. But Jarod is only too happy to be able to truly live and really connect with others, and he sets out to organise a rave party.

And coaching the writers throughout the year, together with Marcel Beaulieu (Quebec screenwriter of more than sixty feature films, including the Golden Globe “Farinelli”):  Ralitza Petrova (Golden Leopard in Locarno for “Godless”), Pablo Agüero (“Akelarre”, “Eva no Duerme”) and Delphine Gleize (sharpened in the scrum and in the collective game with her latest documentary “Beau Joueur”, a dive into the heart of the rugby team of the Aviron bayonnais).