Venusia

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Documentary ∙ 2016
35 min ∙ 16/9
French
Grand Prize Oberhausen 2016
1st Prize Montreal UFF 2016
Medium-length film Prize Riga 2Annas 2016
A film by Louise Carrin

Lisa, the brothel madam of the luxurious « Le Vénusia » in Geneva and Lena, an artless prostitute as unpredictable as lazy are filmed in the intimacy of a smoking room where their relationship will combine tenderness and cruelty.
«(...)for its pacing, timing and editing and for its engaging and funny characters, the jury gives the MUFF 2016 grand award to Venusia by Louise Carrin.»
Montreal Underground Film Festival Jury

Born in 1986 in Cahors (France), Louise Carrin obtained a diploma in photography at the Fine Arts school in Lyon followed by a Masters in Cinema Studies at the University of Art and Design in Lausanne. In 2010, Tape Amanda! Tape was shot as her diploma assignment and selected at the Winterthur Festival. "Black Butterflies" was selected at Visions du Réel 2013 and released in Swiss theaters in june 2013.
As of spring 2013, she shoots "Venusia" during five months in Geneva, which won the 2016 Grand Prize of the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival.

Venusia · documentary · 35' · 2016
Black Butterflies · documentary · 55' · 2013
Tape Amanda! Tape · documentary · 18' · 2010
Juliette · documentary · 13' · 2009
«Behind closed doors, Venusia’s unique and still smoking room is the theater of Madam Lisa and Lena’s relationship torn between friendship and a power struggle, and it is also the metaphore of their mutual dependency.»
Louise Carrin, director

With

Madame Lisa
Lena

Screenplay and directing

Louise Carrin

Sound

David Cavallo

Photography

Louise Carrin

Original soundtrack

Emmanuel de Giorgi

Editing

Christine Hoffet, Antonio Trullén, Gabriel Gonzales, Louise Carrin

Sound editing and mixing

Philippe Ciompi

Color grading

Robin Erard

Production

Thera Production, Julien Rouyet

With the participation of

HEAD – Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design, Genève

With the support of

Cinéforom with the Loterie Romande

PRIZES

· Jury Grand Prize, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 2016
· 1st Prize, Montreal Underground Film Festival 2016
· Medium-length film Prize, Riga 2Annas 2016

Festivals

Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 2016 / Montreal Underground Film Festival 2016 / Côté Court, Pantin (F) 2016 / Tabor Film Festival (Croatia) 2016 / Message to Man International Film Festival, St Petersburg, 2016 / Riga International Short Film Festival (Latvia) 2016 / Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal 2016 / Indie Cork Film Festival (Irland) 2016 / Festival International Tous Ecrans, Geneva, 2016 / St Louis International Film Festival (USA), 2016 / Vilnius International Short Film Festival, 2017 / Les 52es Journées de Soleure, 2017 / Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival (Greece), 2017 / Short Waves Film Festival, 2017 / Busan International Film Festival (Corea) 2017 / DOKKA Festival (Germany), 2017

Screenings

Flaherty NYC Fall, November 2016
Oberhausen on Tour, spring 2017

VOD

Mubi, May 2016
NY Tid (Norway), summer 2016

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