“Don’t you think conquering space is something romantic?”

(Feux, de Thibaut Piotrowski).

Feux, by Thibaut Piotrowski, is an example of the numerous and increasingly popular artistic feats based on self-financing. Self-taught Piotrovski is the god of this black and white child universe treasured in a forty minute long half-length film.

In Feux, three lost children that could have been written by J. M. Barry create the perfect game area outside their home’s patio. The oldest child, a young genius that considers science and progress should come before anything else, works on a spaceship that is meant to be a demonstration of love to his neighbor Louise as well as way to save his hurt ego when she rejects him. The middle child is an animal lover that goes into the forest each morning to stop hunters from catching any animals. Inspired by the TV program Aventures Scientifiques while trying to communicate with the forest animals, he decides to use telepathy. The girl, the smallest child, stays silent, as well as Lewis the rabbit. Both of them watch everything from a distance, without fully understanding what is happening, although they will not be completely overlooked by the oldest child’s experiments.

The absence of adults makes this story a poetic fairytale, where the scarce technical means become a counterpoint to the uncanny storyline and the overwhelming imagination of the author, giving the film an avant-garde and sinister atmosphere.

Piotrowski has directed several short-films and produced advertisements and fashion videos.

Feux has been screened at several Festivals, including the Rome Independent Film Festival, and it received a special Jury Award at Clermont-Ferrand Festival latest edition, in its national competition. This coming month of November it will be part of the Official Section of the 6th Edition of the International Half-Length Film Festival La Cabina.

FEUX | France · Thibaut Piotrowski · 2012 · 40 min