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Locarno Residency 2022 | Switzerland
Loïc Hobi is a Swiss-French filmmaker born in 1997 in Neuchâtel (CH). His work is influenced by queer topics and the Internet. He studied directing at Luc Besson’s film school, graduating in 2019 with L'homme Jetée. His filmography includes both narrative shorts and experimental films. His new film The Life Underground, a coming of age story set in the metro, premiered at Locarno last year and was nominated for the Swiss Film Award. He recently shot Alexx196 and The Pink Sand Beach, a short film combining his narrative and experimental skills to tell the story of two best friends meeting in real life for the first time.
2019 Face to face in the night
2019 L'Homme Jetée
2020 New Gods
2021 The Life Underground
2023 Alexx196 & the pink sand beach
Alex, a lonely 22-year old raised by the Internet, recently failed to rob the supermarket he was just fired from. As the heist was quickly shut down by employees, a picture was taken and became viral online. To his own surprise, Alex is released on bail. He has become a meme overnight and caught the attention of the followers of Zlander, an intriguing streamer who’s almost too ravishing to be real. All Alex wanted was to leave this city to meet with his Internet lover, but now that this pathetic online fame haunts him, he has to disappear from the web! Zlander promises she’ll be able to get rid of all data surrounding Alex if he helps with her planned crypto money heist. But when the Internet goes down, Alex, who only knew virtual love until then, will have to express feelings in real life for the first time.
Crypto Lover is a tribute to all the adventures we experience online and how they influence real life. It is hybrid in form, as the web will be used as a narrative and aesthetic tool to capture the zeitgeist of my generation's struggle to have feelings in real life when we only learned to love online.
Picture credits: Alessandro Crinari, TiPress