4801 NIGHTS

Abstinence is refraining from satisfying a craving.
Teetotalism is the total, definitive abstinence from alcohol.
In other words, a life sentence!
4801 nights documents an introspection and a wandering, a fall and a rise, during a trip to
the polar circle.
Legend has it that the polar night can drive those who venture there to sanity or madness.

  • LAURENCE MICHEL
    Director
  • LAURENCE MICHEL
    Writer
  • ALICE MARSAL
    Producer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    4801 NUITS
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    37 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    France
  • Country of Filming:
    France, Norway
  • Language:
    French
  • Shooting Format:
    DIGITAL, SUPER 8, MINI DV
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • NEW-YORK indie shorts awards - VIRTUAL EVENT
    New-York City
    United States
    June 4, 2023
    VIRTUAL EVENT
    semi-finalist
  • HOLLYWOOD shorts fest - VIRTUAL EVENT
    Los Angeles
    United States
    August 15, 2023
    VIRTUAL EVENT
    Best documentary short
  • Les Etats Généraux du film documentaire
    LUSSAS
    France
    August 25, 2023
    WORLD
    Sélection Expériences du regard
  • Everybody's perfect
    Geneva
    Switzerland
    October 13, 2023
    INTERNATIONAL
    Sélection Terres et Mères
  • Film Family Project
    Porto
    Portugal
    October 19, 2023
    GRAND JURY PRIZE
  • Cannes Indie Shorts Awards
    Cannes
    France
    November 11, 2023
    selection YOU OUGHTA KNOW
  • Festival Chéries-Chéris LGBTQI+
    PARIS
    France
    November 22, 2023
    SPECIAL MENTION
  • Festival Après Varan
    PARIS
    France
    November 25, 2023
    Official selection
  • Festival Traces de Vies
    CLERMONT-FERRAND
    France
    November 30, 2023
    Official selection
  • Festival International du Film d'Education
    EVREUX
    France
    December 6, 2023
    Official selection
  • Festival Psy de Lorquin
    LORQUIN
    France
    May 14, 2024
    Official selection
  • Festival du premier film - La Ciotat berceau du cinéma
    LA CIOTAT
    France
    June 7, 2024
    Official selection
Director Biography - LAURENCE MICHEL

Laurence MICHEL (1972), has worked, as an editor since 2000, in animation, advertising, documentary, television news.
In 2014, Laurence joined the documentary filmmaking workshop at Ateliers Varan and directed “Ronde-bosse“ (sculpture in the round), a film questioning the relationship between femininity and hair. This film, shot in "cinema-direct" is punctuated by a few sequences in which she manipulated objects, bits of paper, images.
Six years ago to find a way to tell her alcohol addiction with objects, humor, and hope.

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Director Statement

With "4801 nights", Laurence Michel testifies to the frequent and yet taboo experience of alcoholism. It reveals to us that alcoholism and abstinence are two states of the same disease, totally intertwined, like two sides of the same coin.

Despite the seriousness of the subject, the project is funny, quirky and full of humor. The plastic form of the film has a lot to do with it. The staging of memorabilia constitutes a precisely defined production framework, which brings true freedom of expression.

Alice MARSAL - producer