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Locarno Residency 2023 | Switzerland
Coline Confort is a writer and director based in Lausanne, Switzerland. She holds a Bachelor in filmmaking at ECAL, Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne. Her diploma film Imperial was presented at several festivals, won the prize for the best school film at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur and was nominated in the category Best Graduation Film at the Swiss Film Prize 2022. Since then, she directed three short films (10 Missed Calls, Scales Fell from their Eyes, A Neutral Film) and a feature documentary, The Acrobat Life. She is a member of Artist Collective Revolta. Her work is based on a documentary approach, creating intense moments of truth and mise-en-scène, always starting from a long research work.
2022 10 Missed Calls
2023 Scales Fell from their Eyes
2023 The Acrobat Life
2023 A Neutral Film
As part of her thesis, Josie (26) meets Paul (50), a man who embodies Napoleon Bonaparte in historical reenactments. When she refuses his advances, he becomes increasingly threatening. As she progresses in her research, she discovers the love letters from the real Napoleon Bonaparte to his wife Josephine de Beauharnais written in 1796. Josie sees a parallel between her life and that of the soon-to-be Empress.
Reenactment is an ideal playground for the emergence of fiction and cinema. A dialogue is established, and the historical reenactment becomes a personal reenactment, a tool to stage a traumatic event (in this case, a situation of control and domination) in order to reclaim my own story with the goal of answering a question that many women* have faced in their lives: what character am I willing to play to meet the expectations of men, and at what cost?