Le Discours d’acceptation glorieux de Nicolas Chauvin
by Benjamin Crotty
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(The Glorious Acceptance of Nicolas Chauvin) France · 2018 · DCP · Color · 26' · o.v. French
During his acceptance speech for a lifetime achievement award, Nicolas Chauvin – a farmer-soldier, a veteran of the Revolutionary Army and the Napoleonic Wars, “father” of the chauvinism that bears his name – embarks on a monologue and recounts his life story. At the bend of a road, a spectral encounter shocks his (non-)existence.
Winner of the Signs of Life Fundación Casa Wabi – Mantarraya Award 2018
Using alternately stand-up comedy and reenactment, "Le discours d'acceptation glorieux de Nicolas Chauvin" evokes the past as well as the violent and colonial present of France by making a mockery of the republican, secular and progressive values that still permeate it today. The film acts as a mirror of rancid European current events and the leading actor Alexis Manenti excels at setting the tone.
Charlotte Corchète · programmer
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Born in the United States in 1979, Benjamin Crotty studied at Yale before enrolling at Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains. He directed numerous short films, two of which in collaboration with Gabriel Abrantes: Visionary Iraq (2008), which received the New Talent FNAC Award at IndieLisboa, and Liberdade (2011), which won the Premio Film und Video Untertitelung in the section Pardi di domani — Concorso internazionale in Locarno, where he also presented Fort Buchanan in 2012.