The strange story of Prince Dethmer

In a popular neighborhood of Brazzaville, Prince Dethmer, a famous congolese dancer, just died. His family organises his burial, inviting all his artist friends to paid him their final tribute.

  • Hadrien La Vapeur
  • Corto Vaclav
  • Hadrien La Vapeur
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    L'étrange histoire de Prince Dethmer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 2, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 EUR
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Director Biography - Hadrien La Vapeur, Corto Vaclav

Hadrien La Vapeur

Assistant for ten years of Philippe Garrel, Hadrien La Vapeur turns to the realization of experimental films in super 8. At the same time, his photographic work leads him in the exploration of abandoned places in search of forgotten presences. In 2009, as he pursued his quest for uncultivated buildings in Rio de Janeiro, he landed by mistake in a possession ritual. This encounter with the spirits upsets his vision of the world and urges La Vapeur to investigate the relationships that humans can maintain with the invisible entities. In 2013, he went to Congo, where men lived daily with disembodied beings, in order to immerse themselves in this reality and to shoot documentaries in direct cinema.

Corto Vaclav

An anthropologist trained on the benches of Nanterre, Corto Vaclav discovers the work of Jean Rouch and is immediately passionate for Africa and the cinema. He then approached the Ethnographic Film Committee for which he worked two years in a row, allowing him to establish many relationships with this world of explorers-filmmakers whose stories fascinate him. There he meets Hadrien La Vapeur, who seeks a soundman to go to the Congo. Very quickly, the journey is transformed into an initiatory and protean exploration. The two accomplices then decided to found the multimedia collection Expedition Invisible to regroup their different works.

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