POLA

The personal inquiry of a strange
girl who finds a picture
representing... herself. An essai on
one's self and photography.

  • Mathias Walter
    Director
  • Mathias Walter
    Writer
  • Mathias Walter
    Producer
  • Louise de Fleury
    Key Cast
  • Film Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 30, 2013
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    France
  • Country of Filming:
    France
  • Film Language:
    French
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 1080P
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Distributor Information
  • Mathias Walter
    Country: France
Director Biography

Mathias Walter is a French filmmaker and cinematographer.

After studying American literature and cinema, Mathias worked as a fashion photographer for ten years. His work was featured in French Elle, WE, Madame Figaro and Lucky Magazine and appeared in advertising campaigns by Publicis, DDB, Saatchi & Saatchi, for brands such as Dior, Chantal Thomass, Paule Ka, Nikon, Sisley. His interest in cinema grew during this time as he experimented with mixing cinematographic and photographic techniques...

As a cinematographer, he started with advertising and video clip, but he soon turned to feature films and narratives because it was closer to « real » life and it suited him more than corporate jobs.

Mathias also turned to documentary filmmaking in 2008 with Cinderella's Dream, a behind-the-scenes look at the world of fashion modelling. The same year, he wrote and directed a 35mm short film called Fatale. In 2009 he made his second short film, Saudade, about memory and melancholia, which was selected by the famous French festival Côté Court in Paris/Pantin. Later, another of his shorts, "Apparences" (Appearances) was also selected in the same festival, in 2015.
In June 2016, Mathias re-edited his first film, Fatale, as it was showed to a wide audience in the festival.

Recently, he also took a stage on documentary film technics in a famous school called les Ateliers Varan in Paris, which were created by Jean Rouch, one of the first documentary filmmaker inventing the « cinéma du réel ».

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Director Statement

"Cinema is a perfect tool for showing human feelings ans statements, and fiction tells more about us than documentary."