Private Project

In the Billowing Night

Jean-René is a retired workman who has lived in Mâcon, France, since emigrating from Reunion Island at the age of 17. Today, for the first time ever, the quiet man recounts his story to his daughter. His journey is interspersed with enigmatic dreams and pains that are rooted in the wounds of the French colonial past.

  • Erika Etangsalé
  • Erika Etangsalé
  • Jonathan Rubin
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Lèv la tèt dann fénwar
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    51 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 28, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    France, Réunion
  • Language:
    French, Other
  • Shooting Format:
    16mm; Super8
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • FID Marseille
    Prix Premier, Prix Marseille Espérance
Distribution Information
  • Sudu Connexion
    Country: France
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Erika Etangsalé

Born in Mâcon in 1983, Érika Étangsalé now lives and works in Reunion Island after graduating from the École des Beaux-Arts de Dijon (ENSA) and the Institut de L'image de l'Océan Indien (ILOI). Treading the fine line between documentary and fiction, between reality and mythology, her work mostly focuses on heredity and memory loss through the prism of our growing disconnection from the living, nature, and the invisible world.

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