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Moth

Filmmaker : Roxanne Gaucherand France, 2020 PRODUCTION : Quartett Production
48'
French English

About this film

Synopsis

In the middle of summer, the box tree moth, accidentally introduced into France, takes over the Provencal Drôme region and leads inhabitants to improvise defensive systems to fight their invasion and devastation. In this apocalyptic climate, 18-year-old Lou discovers her feelings for her childhood friend, Sam.


Jury Prize - Visions du Réel 2020
Burning Lights International Competition

Tënk's opinion

In places where boxwood grows, who hasn’t come across these hallucinating clouds of white moths like snowflakes in the night? It’s a beautiful vision, but incredibly suffocating and hopelessly disconcerting. Bowls of water on doorsteps, sheets stretched out and lit up in gardens in the summer are some of the traps set to stave off the threat. Moth – the title expresses this with striking simplicity. We experience Roxanne Gaucherand’s film like a waking dream, a daydream where snatches of reality rise up and cross paths in an account that’s enigmatic to say the least. The danger is intangible… it’s beautiful and moving. But that’s the trouble – the threat takes on the aspect of something delicate, like burgeoning love. This discrepancy muddles our perceptions, and reality emerges differently.

Julia Pinget
Filmmaker

Filmmaker

Roxanne Gaucherand

Roxanne Gaucherand was born in Montélimar, France, in 1991. She completed a master's degree in filmmaking at the INSAS, Bruxelles. Her work is at the crossroad of fiction and documentary. She creates fragile characters navigating between reality and fantasy. She also directs music videos for artists and works as an assistant director.