Of Egyptian and Mediterranean descent, Manuela Morgaine, born in 1962, lives and works in Paris.
Prix de Rome for scenography, 1994.
Villa Médicis Hors les Murs Laureate, 2004.
A writer, director and filmmaker, she is president of Envers Compagnie, a company devoted to the production of interdisciplinary works since 1991.
STAGE DIRECTION / MUSIC:
Dieu Grammairien, théâtre de la Bastille, 1991
L’Analogue, théâtre de la Bastille, 1994
Par les dents, théâtre de la Bastille, 1997
Juliette Pose 97, with Anne de Broca, Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris, 1997
Blanche Neige, based on Walser, Centre Culturel Suisse, 2001
Maliétès, bands from Greece and Turkey, at the Chai du Terral in Montpellier in 2003, at the Cabaret Sauvage in Paris in 2004.
L’art de la figue, an opera based on Francis Ponge and Johann Sebastian Bach, composed by Johannes Schöllhorn, at the Strasbourg Musica Festival and at the Lille Opera in 2006.
Handmade, a performance with 5 puppeteers and 5 musicians produced by the Union des Musiciens de Jazz and Theema, Le Grand Parquet, Paris, October 15, 2011.
Le Cabinet du docteur Cagnulari, A radio lab workshop co-written and directed with Christophe Cagnolari of the Ensemble ANIYA, broadcast on France Culture January 5th, 2011 and presented at the Pitié-Salpétrière in its stage version in June 2013.
Le sommeil d’Ecume, with photos by Patrick Faigenbaum, Editions Creaphis.
Les metamorphoses, based on Ovid, Editions Albin Michel. Le Potager du Roi, Editions Gallimard.
Buvard et Ricochet, an encyclopedia of great writers for small readers, Editions Le Baron Perché (Livre jeunesse Award, 2007, Bologne)
Tohu Bohu directed by Thierry Roisin, Le Journal de bois, directed by Jean-Pierre Larroche.
Zeurope, directed by Natacha Kantor. Wpsyché, morbid ideations and blind spots, with Dr. William de Carvalho, Editions Al Dante.
Author of numerous Radio Lab Workshops broadcast on France Culture as well as fairytales for children.
Musical theater pieces including those of Richard Dubelski and Georges Aperghis in the 1990s.
Documentary and fiction films:
Time Regained, by Raoul Ruiz, 2002.
The Origin of Christianity and The Apocalypse, a series of 22 documentaries by Jérome Prieur and Gérard Mordillat, Arte, 2004 & 2008.
For INA (French Radio and Television Archives) the Medmem Website, designed by Matthieu Serrière, 2010.
In the form of projections on blocks of ice for the Paris Nuit Blanche, 2002 and 2003:
Blanche Neige Nuit Blanche, Parvis de la Gaieté Lyrique, Paris, 2002
Iceremony, Sweedish Cultural Centre, Paris, 2003.
And for the event Paris-Ville Lumières:
Icelectric, Swedish Cultural Centre, Paris, December 2004.
Projections of lightning impacts on ice, foreshadowing the feature film Foudre (in coproduction with the EDF Foundation).
In the form of Sound Pillows during JAVAMOUR a concert-performance organized by Cyril Hernandez at La Java, Paris, June 20, 2011.
Trail of Tears Performance in Maubert Gallery, Paris, 25,26,27 of september 2013.
Posthums, a 16mm film, 1994.
VA, a 35mm film based on Casanova, with Yann Collette, at the MK2 Beaubourg cinema in Paris, and at the Lieu unique in Nantes, between 1999 and 2001, at the Paris Cinéma festival in Paris at MK2 Quai de Seine in 2003.
Paraïso, vidéo 10 minutes inspired by Robert Walser Snow White, Envers Compagnie, 2001.
On the wild side, a 52’ DV film, 2003.
If a swallow doesn’t make spring, which swallow ? a 94’ DV film coproduced with Pascal Convert, Artistes&Associés in 2007.
Pathos Mathos, a 59’ DV film produced by Mezzanine Films with funding from the Centre National du Cinéma and the CNAP, in 2007 (the wintertime of Foudre, a feature film in four seasons).
The Legend of Symeon, a 44’ DV film produced by Mezzanine films with funding from CNAP, 2008 (the springtime of Foudre).
Baal, a 94’ DV film produced by Envers Compagnie and Mezzanine Films, 2009 (the autumn season of Foudre).
Apocalypse 2,2 a 20’ DV film produced by Envers Compagnie, 2009.
Atoms, a 52’ DV film produced by Envers Compagnie and Mezzanine Films, 2011 (the summertime of Foudre).
LIGHTNING, (a 3-hour 50-minute feature, made between 2004 and 2012 against all odds and without the support of cinema and television institutions). Currently on tour in major international festivals and coming soon to a theater near you.
ORAKL, an interactive ice installation http://www.enverscompagnie.com/ orakl a door that talks to you.
ABOUT MANUELA MORGAINE
Posthumes, a 16mm film in 1994.
Va, a 35mm film based on Casanova, with Yann Collette, at the MK2 Beaubourg cinema in Paris, and at the l’usine Lu in Nantes, between 1999 and 2001, during the festival Paris Cinéma in Paris at the MK2 Quai de Seine in 2003.
A L’ouest, a 52’ DV film, 2003.
http://www.artistesetassocies.org/site.html (clicking on the link then click movies)
Paraïso, an 11′ film produced by Envers Compagnie, 2001. (Click on the link to see it)
Si une hirondelle ne fait pas le printemps, laquelle ? a 94’ DV film in coproduction with Artistes&Associés, 2007. by clicking on the link then click movies
Pathos Mathos, a 59’ DV film produced by Mezzanine Films with funding from the Centre National du Cinéma and the CNAP, 2007 (the wintertime of Foudre, a feature film in four seasons).
The Legend of Symeon, a 44’ DV film produced by Mezzanine Films with funding from the CNAP, 2008 (the springtime of Foudre).
Apocalypse 2,2, a 20’ DV film produced by Envers Compagnie, 2009.
Baal, an 87’ DV film produced by Mezzanine Films & Envers Compagnie in 2009 (the autumn season of Foudre).
Manyara, a 30’ DV film directed in Tanzania in 2011, produced by Envers Compagnie.
Atomes, a 45’ DV film produced by Mezzanine Films and Envers Compagnie, 2011, (the summertime of Foudre).
Foudre, a 230’ feature film in four seasons produced by Mezzanine Films and Envers Compagnie, 2012.
Selected at the 2013 Rotterdam International Film Festival (Bright Future section), at the Tmobile New Horizons Festival (Poland), at the Media Forum Film Festival of Moscow, at the International film festival (Beginning) of St Petersburg (September 2013), in the International film festival of Pune and Yashwant in India (January 2014), in the Festival Detour on the road et Overlook 2014 of Rome, Italy (dicember 2014).
Maroccan Premiere of LIGHTNING in Marrakech 22/1/2015.
Edition of the box coffret including 2 dvds + 1 book by the arthouse independant movie distributor SHELLAC
ABOUT LUCILE LATOUR - Archives & Editing
Lucile Latour was born in 1988 in the Hautes-Pyrénées. She grew up without television; her window on the world was cinema, the performing arts, the spoken words of French radio and the newspaper Le Monde’s articles and photographs.
In 2006 she started studying film editing (BTS audiovisual) in Bayonne/Biarritz. She developed a passion for documentaries. After completing her training, she decided to go to Paris. At 18, Lucile started working for various television networks and documentary filmmakers (Aurore Claverie, “Kola Mayard or the mechanics of the father” and Josza Anjembe, “K.R.U.M.P. a history of krump in France”).
Parallel to her work as editor and as an amateur dancer she started a collective video-dance workshop called “We have pictures.” These workshops were intended for amateurs in one or other domain, and each year a series of short subjects were made as reflections on how to film movement.
Her experiences linked her to the world of the performing arts. During the dance festival “Le Temps d’aimer” (“Time to love”) in Biarritz, she filmed the work of Israel Galvan and Thomas Lebrun. She met Manuela Morgaine while recording Sharon Fridman’s work during the Paris Quartier d’Été summer festival. Following this first collaboration, Manuela invited Lucile to work on other performances, including “The trail of tears” and “Orakl.”
Lucile continued her work as film editor with other directors of fictions and clips (Dorothée Pierson and Dimitri Suma) and worked as a video artist with theater companies and music groups. She did a series of clips for Lou Casa who did a piece on Barbara's songs. This series of clips was made from archival footage, “Tous les passants” consists of sequences from different films, “Sur la place” is made with her own images taken at different recordings of shows and “Perlimpinpin” is a kind of tribute to migrants’ journeys, mixing various archives of crossing borders…
After making this clip, Manuela talked to Lucile about her project “Another World — those arriving by sea.” Initially Lucile researched archival footage on migrants traveling by boat on all oceans and seas over the past ten years. Then she and Manuela established the structure of the film: Underwater – Floating bodies - Afloat - Ashore - that served to focus the image search more precisely. All these archives come from the YouTube platform. Most are images that seen on television; the idea was to show them and to take the time to look at them differently.
The pictures of houseboats crossing through Manuela’s lens came little by little. More than a hundred names of houseboats were filmed to find a sentence linking the two worlds. The most complex was to find an adequate form in order not to fall into a clumsy game by juxtaposing a name of barge referring too obviously to the pictures from archives. We had to find how the metaphor could be born.
ABOUT PHILIPPE LANGLOIS - Original musical composition.
Philippe Langlois, doctor in musicology, permanent researcher at the MINT (musicology, computer science and new technologies) in the French Musical Observatory, University of Paris Sorbonne; he teaches the history and theory of sound at the École Supérieure des Beaux Arts of Tours-Angers-Le Mans.
From 2002 to 2011 he coordinated l’Atelier de création radiophonique of France Culture alongside Frank Smith, with whom he co-directed the ZagZig collection for the publisher Dis Voir. He is the author of “Les Cloches d’Atlantis, music electroacoustic and cinema, archeology and history of sound art” published by MF in June 2012. He creates sound environments and composes soundtracks for movies, visual installations, exhibitions, readings and radio productions...
In response to the secular poem by Erri de Luca, which occupies the central part of this original score for the film “Another World” by Manuela Morgaine: “It is a secular Requiem I tried to compose. A Requiem sung without words, because there are no words to express the drama of maritime migration to which we are witness. The sounds accompanying this poem are fairly trivially derived from the sounds made by boats and helicopters, but also from Morse Code, meaningless distress signals, like so many bottles thrown into the sea. It is a chorus that is both attractive and dissonant, emerging from the depths, like Ulysses’ sirens, echoing the cries of the drowned souls that evoke another world. A world that does not exist beyond the hope that leads to death.”