Private Project

The Last Mermaid

The world is flat and horizontal. Yet, as long as we’re alive, we stand on it on our two legs. In this vertical very short film, a woman feels this contradiction in her very body.

  • Matthieu Reynaert
  • Matthieu Reynaert
    Our Children
  • Matthieu Reynaert
  • Laura Sepul
    Key Cast
    Public Ennemy (TV)
  • Emilie Montagner
  • Marielle Vancamp
    Original Score
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Fantastic, Documentary Style
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 9, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    800 EUR
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Director Biography - Matthieu Reynaert

Matthieu Reynaert was supposed to be born in 1983 but waited until the first days of 1984 as an early hommage to George Orwell’s work. This belgian screenwriter worked on award winning shorts (2007 « Just A Kiss », Jury Prize Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival and 2015 « Rise », official selection Locarno Film Festival, great prize at Bilbao Short Film Festival) and Joachim Lafosse’s 2012 « Our Children » (Official Selection Cannes Film Festival, Best Actress Award for Emilie Dequenne ; Belgian Academy Awards including Best Picture and a Best Screenplay nomination ; French Academy Awards Best Foreign Film nomination) and many script doctoring missions. He also works as a film journalist and is know taking the camera back into his own hands.

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Director Statement

Returning to directing after a ten years hiatus following film school is for me a mater of urgency, to push my quest for sensible expression through the moving image. To challenge it and challenge myself. As the world becomes less and less enchanted I like to think of "storytelling" not as a way of making sense of the world, but as a way of unmaking sense of it. Unmaking sense is the only thing that seems to make sense anymore.