What is happiness ? A two-step tentative explanation with two singular and contemporary movies which take a look at love and friendship.
Il est des nôtres
Directed by Jean-Christophe Meurisse / 2013 / 47’
Produced by Ecce Films
FID 2013 (French competition) and the 2013 Silhouette festival (Collective prize for best performance)
Featuring Thomas de Pourquery, Solal Bouloudnine, Laetitia Dosch, Céline Fuhrer, Nicolas Granger, Thibault Lacroix, Aristide Meurisse, Thomas Scimeca, Anne-Élodie Sorlin, Maxence Tual, Jean-Luc Vincent, Carmen.
Thomas is 35 years old and has decided to never set foot outside again. He lives in a trailer in a hangar in the middle of the city, and invites his family, friends, and neighbors to his home. He throws parties. Dionysian parties. Every day, Thomas celebrates his refusal of society. Happily. Madly.
Those for whom it's always complicated
Directed by Husson / 2013 / 55’
Produced by Husson & Kidam
Brive Cinema Festival 2013
Featuring Camille Rousseau, G.J. Echternkamp, and Morgan Kibby
Camille and GJ, a Los Angeles couple in their early thirties, have seen happier days. For a change of scenery and mindset, Camille decides to organize a weekend in Death Valley—in other words, a real adventure for urbanites such as them. But then GJ' ex-girlfriend, Morgan, calls him for help. Morgan ends up being included in the weekend, which is going to mess up Camille's plans... In between fits of laughter and existential angst, Camille and GJ will need to reassess their expectations and their future.
« Happiness is
a warm gun »
Curated by Benoît Hické*, this deliberately prospective screening series provides an extension to the Happy Show exhibition by questioning the meaning of community: is together really better? How to take action? What is love? Is it possible to laugh at everything? Colorful images, animated guests, smiles and theories: "Happiness is a Warm Gun" will consist of three evenings of screenings (political documentaries, previously unseen features, and artist films) with the filmmakers in attendance.
*Benoît Hické is a journalist and film programmer, namely for the Museum of Natural History, la Gaîté lyrique (the musiquepointdoc series, screenings programmed as part of the exhibit 2062, and F.A.M.E - Film & Music Experience) and the Museum of Hunting and Nature.