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Bargaining with life



France, 2018, - 77

DIRECTED BY:
Christophe Otzenberger & Stéphane Mercurio

SCREENPLAY:
Christophe Otzenberger & Stéphane Mercurio

MUSIC:
Bernard Sasia

PRODUCER:
Alexandre Hallier & Jérémy Pouilloux

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Before Christophe Otzenberger died in June 2017, he met with other people who, like him, were struggling with disease. His meetings form the basis of this documentary which examines our relationship with life as it slips away. With the participation of Stéphane Mercurio throughout the filming, this very dynamic documentary is also a lesson in cinema, a study of a production in progress.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Christophe Otzenberger was a french director whose movies explored borders between documentary and fiction. His work adresses a large spectrum of political and social issues, as well as individual and human stories. His movies have been selected in numerous festivals, such as Cannes, FIPA, Berlin, Montreal... He also won the Prize of Ethnological Heritage at the 1995 Cinema du réel Festival with his movie "La conquête de Clichy" (The conquest of Clichy).Stéphane Mercurio directed a large numbers of documentary for television (Arte, Canal+...) and movie theaters. Her deeply engaged work tackles complex subjects such as domestic violence ("Intimes violences", poverty ("Quand la caravane reste"), prison ("A l'ombre de la République")... She won the Prize of the Audience at the Clermont-Ferrand short film festival, and other distinctions at the Images of Justice festival, the Créteil women film festival... With "Bargaining with life", she accompanied her friend Christophe Otzenberger for a last cinematographic adventure, co-directing and finishing the movie.

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