2018’s My FrenchFilmFestival kicks off this Friday, and among the shorts which have made their way through the festival circuit and to the online event, is Mélanie Laleu’s second short, “No Drowning.”
The film has already screened at a dozen festivals across the globe, including Tisff and Palm Springs
. It was co-produced by Paris-based companies Offshore
and À Travers Le Miroir, with international sales being handled by Manifest.
The film is a journey into a fantasy, coin-operated world, dominated by a Big Brother type voice which instructs people how to go about their lives. In this world, society’s respect for the individual’s intellect has all but gone; so much so that it has become necessary to remind people that drowning is strictly prohibited.
The world of “No Drowning” is drenched in perpetual darkness, often exacerbated by the fact that some characters don’t have the necessary funds to activate their house lights. In spite of