Private Project

A step outside your Mind

This is the story of Billie's love story ( told by Kathryn Hunter ). She is sitting alone in the dark and remembers what happened when she fell in love with a sad clown and they left Europe for America . Stuck for twenty-four hours in a suburban Midwest town after missing their bus, they travel by foot throughout the isolated space, real and dreamed, meeting locals, images of Art, poetry and the illusion of the american dream.

  • Gaëlle Jaunay desroches
  • Gilles Kazazian
    Casa Nostra
  • Gilles KAZAZIAN
  • gaelle JD
  • arturo tay
    Todos Hemos Pecado, La Noche Del Pirata
  • kathryn hunter
    Key Cast
    harry poter
  • gilles kazazian
    Key Cast
    casa nostra
  • gaelle JD
    Key Cast
  • Eileen Myles
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Un pas de côté
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Feature
  • Genres:
    Art feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 13, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, French
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  • Student Project:
  • Paris
    July 1, 2016
    Gallery show
Director Biography - Gaëlle Jaunay desroches, Gilles Kazazian

WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER. Gaëlle is a french performing artist who grew up between Hong-kong, Nanjing and San Francisco. After studying at NY university and Beaux Arts de Paris with Claude Closky, she has shown her installation videos in several festivals worldwide (European media art festival, mediafest, videonale, oberhausen) and exhibited her work in galleries, museums and TV for the music videos. Lately she started working on a staged performance with eight dancers all named Gael( le ) to be presented in 2017 in theaters.
This film is her first long feature where she and Gilles really applied the term "less is more", discovering how to produce with a minimal budget of 25 000 dollars and working with people who are willing to help make this a reality. It took them three years in order to make it all happen, still unsure until 6 months ago if the actress Kathryn Hunter would accept to be the voice over but she did and it is awesome.

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Director Statement

The film explores a poetic and realistic way of being a woman today ( through Billie’s voice over played by actress Kathryn Hunter ), what is it to be a foreigner as each character A and B encounter struggle with their identities and also what is it to look at a landscape through Art pieces and poetry.
America, as a character in the movie, not shown as a perfect idealistic dream but as it is in the wilderness, and repetitive suburban town.
We were lucky enough after arriving in Minnesota to receive help from a local crew and sponsors in Minneapolis. Arturo Tay came from Mexico in order to produce the film and Jacob Swanson arrived from Duluth to be our cinematographer. Funding was assembled in less than 3 months and we started shooting over a year to finally edit the film back in Europe. The actress Kathryn Hunter joined us for the voice over and poetess Eileen Myles gave us the right to her fantastic "An american Poem", we also contacted several american artists to be featured in the film.
The Art pieces, the poetry, extracts of sociological or historical works underline this reality and gives us additional means to better know and develop a critical mind which the characters are also trying to achieve with their journey.
By these means we wanted the film to reflect the idea of offering the possibility to think the social, cultural and physical environment surrounding them and not be satisfied by an illusion of love or the promise of the american dream.