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JDIFF: IVUL

Director: ANDREW KÖTTING

96 minutes| Switzerland| 2009


This film screened 29th February 2010.

Principal Cast: Aurelia Petit, Jean-Luc Bideau, Adelaide Leroux, Jacob Auzanneau. Filmmaker, artist and wild man of British cinema Andrew Kotting reinvents himself – in French – as a Franco-Swiss filmmaker with this intimate and eccentric family story. Alex (Jacob Auzanneau) and his older sister Freya (Adelaide Leroux) are teenage scions of the dynasty of an emigre Russian patriarch (Jean-Luc Bideau). When the pair are caught playing taboo games, Ivul pere is furious, telling his son never to set foot on his land again, an order the boy follows literally, taking to the trees and living a life off ground. Absolutely convincing as a French film in the ‘intimist’ vein, Ivul is at the same time 100% Kotting – mixing English ruralism and French family narrative with the kind of visual and sonic mixing familiar from the director’s Gallivant and This Filthy Earth. Ivul sees Kotting developing a bold but tender new variant outsider aesthetic.

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