Two long-lost brothers are reunited in their hometown of Lot-et-Garonne on the night of the presidential election. A fiction-concept filmed and broadcast live this afternoon from 7:00 p.m., until the announcement of the result of the second round.
On April 24, 2022 at 7:00 p.m., while the French are preparing to reveal the face of their next President of the Republic, Julien, in his thirties, lives in a small town in the south of France. That night he waits for Félix, his younger brother, whom he has not seen for several years. A commercial engineer, the latter arrives from Melbourne to settle administrative procedures related to the death of his mother some time ago.
On this particular day, Felix absolutely insists on slipping his ballot into the ballot box, unlike Julien, disillusioned by the political class. Everything opposes the two brothers, and the mood of the meeting will depend on the results of the vote. Félix, mired in remorse for having missed his mother’s funeral, has not seen his older brother for five years, during which time Julien stayed by the bedside of his sick mother, putting his own life on the line. of him in suspense.
At this critical time in the life of the country, the two brothers will live a poetic, sensitive and heartbreaking adventure, which will take place in the streets where they grew up, in the town hall, in the town bar and in their childhood home. . What they don’t know yet is that at 8:00 pm, when the name of the next President is revealed, their fraternity will be turned upside down…
Illustrated by a beautiful poster created by Ugo Gattoni, Jour de Gloire, written and directed by directors and actors Cosme Castro and Jeanne Frenkel, illustrates the reunion of these two brothers who have not seen each other for five years, that is, the duration of a presidential mandate, the afternoon of the result of the second round of elections.
The title, taken from a quote from La Marseillaise, is described as “quite cynical“by the director”.And at the same time, it is a day of glory for these two brothers who meet. It translates both the cynicism of the moment and speaks of its history.“
Tour and live streaming on site arte.tvYouTube and Facebook, this live fiction was imagined by the two creators in the continuity of their collaborative project entitled La Comète, which combines artistic performances and new technologies.
“With Jeanne, we have been making live cinema for seven years, we call it metacinema.” comments Cosimo Castro. “In the beginning, when we started doing that, it was very abstract for many people, because the concert existed but it was exploited in a rather strange way. From the context of COVID, where a lot of things have been going live on the internet, it has helped people understand what we were doing. We are very happy because Jour de Gloire is the most ambitious project we have done.“
To prepare the film, the team settled for a year in a small town in Lot-et-Garonne, chosen for its architecture and layout, the name of which is deliberately kept secret to preserve the privacy of the shoot. “It was perfect for making a kind of Cinecittà, but on a human scale, in which you could walk from the town hall to the bar, in the house“, continues the director.
His challenge: to make a film consisting of an hour-long sequence shot shot live, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:05 p.m. this Sunday, in the form of a walk through this town where the two lost brothers meet. A team of about sixty people, several cameras
“It’s a pretty amazing staging device. We come back from two days of rehearsals in which we try to make the whole film in one continuous thread, it’s very tiring but it’s fascinating because once it starts breaking in, you have the impression of seeing, seen from the sky, a snake wandering around the village.“An entire ultraminute choreographic ballet that is organized between the actors, the technical team and the music, performed live from a food-truck located on the set by the electronic artist Flavien Berger.
In the casting, four actors accepted the challenge: Félix Moati (No Man’s Land), Julien Campani (who had collaborated with the duo in their work dot nemo), Julia Faure (Mytho) and Kamel Abdessadok (L’Elan). “As always with Cosme and Jeanne, I feel that they are calling you to hold on“laughs Julien Campari, who had already played for the duo at the theater.”It’s always a dimension of the impossible.” Félix Moati did not know them, and the unfeasibility of the project convinced him to do so. “It is a gigantic technical challenge, a way of telling the world through fiction that seems irresistible to me.“
“I only got it right last week before the first reading that it was going to be filmed live, it seemed so crazy to meJulia Faure added.We have no idea what’s going to happen, as we’re only going to play it once, in one take. We will discover the film ourselves by playing it, it is very exciting.“A vertiginous challenge that will culminate in the revelation of the identity of the new President of the Republic revealed live through fiction, at the same time as on the news channels continuously.
“An election night is a night to remember, they are moments that we remember very well“, comments Jeanne Frenkel. “We remember precisely who we were with, these are often family moments in addition, with our loved ones. This film aims to create a memory for the two brothers in fiction and at the same time in the lives of the viewers who will see it, we hope.“