BARRAGE

by Laura Schroeder
BARRAGE

Informations

Nation: Luxemburg, Belgium

Year: 2017

Length: 110'

35° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

After spending ten years abroad, Catherine returns to Luxemburg to rejoin her daughter Alba, who was brought up by her grandmother, Elisabeth. Alba is cold and distant with this stranger who has appeared out of nowhere in her life. As for Elisabeth, she only wants to protect her granddaughter and keep her daughter at a distance. One day, Catherine, exasperated, decides to take matters into her own hands and takes Alba on an outing to a lake in the north of the country. This is the beginning of an unusual journey, during which the young woman will have to understand at her own expense that she might be her own greatest adversary. 

Director

Laura Schroeder

Laura Schroeder

Laura Schroeder (Luxembourg) studied film at the Sorbonne and directing at London’s National Film and Television School. After her studies, she wrote and directed two shorts, Senteurs (2008) and Double Saut (2011), both of which were presented at numerous international festivals. In 2009, she participated at the Berlinale Talent Campus and created the interdisciplinary theatrical show Luxtime ¬- Jacques Tati, which was staged at the National Theatre of Luxemburg. In 2012, she debuted in feature films with Le secret de Mélusine, which won the Audience Award at the Fünf Seen Festival and was presented at the Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal. The project for Barrage was developed at the TorinoFilmLab and the Atelier Grand Nord.

Filmography:

Senteurs (cm, 2008), Double saut (cm, 2011), Le secret de Mélusine (2012), Barrage (2017). 

Cast and Credits

regia/director
Laura Schroeder
sceneggiatura/screenplay
Marie Nimier, Laura Schroeder
fotografia/cinematography
Helen Louvart
montaggio/film editing
Damien Keyeux
scenografia/production design
Christina Schaffer
costumi/costume design
Uli Simon
musica/music
Petra Jean Phillipson
suono/sound
Pascal Jasmes, Marc Bastien, Loic Collïgnon
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Lolita Chammah (Catherine), Thémis Pauwels (Alba), Isabelle Huppert (Elisabeth)
produttori/producers
Pol Cruchten, Jeanne Geiben, Sébastien Delloye, Sebastian Schelenz
produzione/production
Red Lion, Entre Chien et Loup


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contatti/contacts
Movies Inspired
Stefano Jacono
stefano.jacono@moviesinspired.com

Director statement

“I consider Barrage a movie about parentage, childhood. Who really is a person’s child and what does it mean to have a child on your own? What Catherine experienced with her mother has repercussions on her relationship with her daughter. She would therefore like to shake off maternal rule and avoid making the same mistakes with Alba. At the same time, her return into her daughter’s life is very selfish: Catherine knows she has failed in the past and tries to fill a void.”

Synopsis Learn more

After spending ten years abroad, Catherine returns to Luxemburg to rejoin her daughter Alba, who was brought up by her grandmother, Elisabeth. Alba is cold and distant with this stranger who has appeared out of nowhere in her life. As for Elisabeth, she only wants to protect her granddaughter and keep her daughter at a distance. One day, Catherine, exasperated, decides to take matters into her own hands and takes Alba on an outing to a lake in the north of the country. This is the beginning of an unusual journey, during which the young woman will have to understand at her own expense that she might be her own greatest adversary. 

Director All about direction

Laura Schroeder

Laura Schroeder

Laura Schroeder (Luxembourg) studied film at the Sorbonne and directing at London’s National Film and Television School. After her studies, she wrote and directed two shorts, Senteurs (2008) and Double Saut (2011), both of which were presented at numerous international festivals. In 2009, she participated at the Berlinale Talent Campus and created the interdisciplinary theatrical show Luxtime ¬- Jacques Tati, which was staged at the National Theatre of Luxemburg. In 2012, she debuted in feature films with Le secret de Mélusine, which won the Audience Award at the Fünf Seen Festival and was presented at the Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal. The project for Barrage was developed at the TorinoFilmLab and the Atelier Grand Nord.

Filmography:

Senteurs (cm, 2008), Double saut (cm, 2011), Le secret de Mélusine (2012), Barrage (2017). 

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia/director
Laura Schroeder
sceneggiatura/screenplay
Marie Nimier, Laura Schroeder
fotografia/cinematography
Helen Louvart
montaggio/film editing
Damien Keyeux
scenografia/production design
Christina Schaffer
costumi/costume design
Uli Simon
musica/music
Petra Jean Phillipson
suono/sound
Pascal Jasmes, Marc Bastien, Loic Collïgnon
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Lolita Chammah (Catherine), Thémis Pauwels (Alba), Isabelle Huppert (Elisabeth)
produttori/producers
Pol Cruchten, Jeanne Geiben, Sébastien Delloye, Sebastian Schelenz
produzione/production
Red Lion, Entre Chien et Loup


**
contatti/contacts
Movies Inspired
Stefano Jacono
stefano.jacono@moviesinspired.com

Director statement Read more

“I consider Barrage a movie about parentage, childhood. Who really is a person’s child and what does it mean to have a child on your own? What Catherine experienced with her mother has repercussions on her relationship with her daughter. She would therefore like to shake off maternal rule and avoid making the same mistakes with Alba. At the same time, her return into her daughter’s life is very selfish: Catherine knows she has failed in the past and tries to fill a void.”