Short Film Profile

La Copie de Coralie

Mr. Conform, owner of the photocopy shop “Conform Copy”, lives with the memory of a woman who vanished thirty years ago. Virginie, his assistant, takes things into her own hands and puts up posters of the missing woman throughout town…

Film notes

Following my homage to Jacques Demy in my first short film, The Sailboats of The Luxembourg, I explore with Copy of Coralie, another direction of sung cinema and musical film.
The music is here directly sourced from the sound environment of the shop, and the balance of the film depends entirely on the fragile blend of music and real sound. Little by little, the spoken voice slips into a sung voice, and the music emerges naturally, only when it becomes essential.
We hence play on the passage from reality to the imaginary, the present being conveyed through stylised and rhythmic speech and past through song.
The film was shot in direct sound without playback. This allowed me to great liberty during the shooting as well as for the actors in their engagement with the text: we were no longer obliged to match voices pre-recorded in the studio.
With Philippe Poirier, we went back and forth between image and sound and developed the music in several stages. A first version was used for the shoot, with the actors, equipped with earphones, talking or singing to this draft. Following a first image cut, Philippe reworked his entire score and finalised the arrangement. Readjusting in each phase the balance as a whole and the dynamic of the film, allowed us to closely follow the raport between music and image. The storyline of Copy of Coralie is intentionally simple in order to pay great attention to detail, which is essential to the offbeat humour of the film.
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Previous screenings

International Critics' Week
15 May – 23 May | Cannes, France
12 Jun – 15 Jun | Montpellier, France
Curtas Vila Do Conde - International Film Festival
5 Jul – 13 Jul | Vila do Conde, Portugal
31st Festival du Film Court en Plein Air de Grenoble | 2008
8 Jul – 12 Jul | Grenoble, France
5 Sep – 13 Sep | Trouville, France
International Short Film Festival in Drama
15 Sep – 20 Sep | Drama, Greece
19 Sep – 28 Sep | Athens, Greece
Imago International Young Film Festival | 2008
4 Oct – 12 Oct | Fundão, Portugal
8 Oct – 15 Oct | Moulins, France
Curtocircuíto: International Short Film Festival
17 Oct – 24 Oct | Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Molodist: Kyiv International Film Festival
18 Oct – 26 Oct | Kyiv, Ukraine
Curta Cinema: Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival
30 Oct – 9 Nov | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brest European Short Film Festival
8 Nov – 16 Nov | Brest, France
12 Nov – 16 Nov | L'Yonne, France
13 Nov – 16 Nov | Aarhus, Denmark
Festivalul International de Film DaKino | 2008
25 Nov – 29 Nov | Bucharest, Romania
Vendome Film Festival
5 Dec – 12 Dec | Vendome, France
Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
30 Jan – 7 Feb | Clermont-Ferrand, France
12 Mar – 15 Mar | Tokyo, Japan
25 Mar – 5 Apr | New York, United States
Mecal Pro: Barcelona International Short and Animation Film Festival
27 Mar – 5 Apr | Barcelona, Spain
27 Mar – 29 Mar | Richmond, United States
1 Apr – 5 Apr | Aspen, United States
2 Apr – 15 Apr | Greece
12 May – 25 Jun | France
20 May – 31 May | Argelès Sur Mer, France
15 Jun – 22 Jun | St Petersburg, Russia

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La Copie de Coralie has received a new award at Aspen Shortsfest. | more...
14 April 2009
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