Ned Botwood - 26th Sept 2019

In this astonishing video for Agoria, a police thriller takes an alarming left turn into the supernatural, as director Loïc Andrieu sets the new standard for genre videos.

The video follows a rookie L.A.P.D officer on her first graveyard shift. Jane, played with unbearably composed anxiety by Fleur Geffrier (Elle, The Chalet), has a secret. Patrolling the dark city with her mentor, she tries to ignore rattling premonitions that something bad is happening all around her. When, at four in the morning, she gets a 911 callout, she stumbles into a trap set just for her. And she comes face to face with death itself.

Andreiu explains his symbolism: “Call of the wild is a female Orpheus myth. Death is the ultimate Pandora box. Dealing with it calls us to face inherent fears over the ‘unknown’. Jane breaks these boundaries and unveils the mysteries of the antechamber of death. Not dead yet, but no longer alive."

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Andrieu developed this video as part of an upcoming feature-length project. His music videos are singularly impressive. The director specialises in a grandiose blend of character drama and apocalyptic sci-fi, a sensibility somewhere between Drive and Stranger Things. This video, as well as his celebrated clip for The End by KCPK, recall the work of fellow Parisians Luc Besson and Leos Carax. Which makes sense. Andrieu learned his craft collaborating with both directors, as a steadicam operator on Holy Motors and Angel-A.

Call of the Wild was shot by Simon Chaudoir, the superlative DoP behind Aphex Twin’s Come to Daddy (Chris Cunningham), DIESEL’s award-winning Go With The Flaw campaign, and more recently, Liam Gallagher’s Shockwave (Francois Rousselet).

Credits

HairJessica Kate Sainclair
DirectorLoïc Andrieu
Production CompanySoldats Films
1st ADManuel Roman
Director of PhotographySimon Chaudoir
Focus PullerMaud Cyrano
Focus PullerVincent Toubel
2nd ACRogelio Mosqueda
2nd ACDusty Saunders
GafferMichael Monod
GafferJoel Gill
Art DirectorLoïc Andrieu
WardrobeYasmine Abraham
ProducerPierre Cazenave-Kaufman
Make-upElisabeth Pilarsky
Make-upJessica Kate Sainclair
EditorGregoire Naza Giral (soldats Films)
Editing companySoldats Films
ColouristMathieu Caplanne
Grading companyReepost
Post production companyReepost
Post ProducerLoundja Oussana
Lead actorFleur Geffrier
Director's RepresentationSoldats Films
CommissionerChristian De Rosnay
LabelSapiens
Other creditsVFX artists: Adrien Lepineau, Stephen Plongeon, Xavier Verdier, Marion Guichenuy, Geoffrey Pons, Olivier Masson, Matthieu Destrade, Marc Latil, Benoit Messager, Johan Roche, Gaetan Bailleul, Thierry Bonneau, Mathieu Plessi, Alexis Bailla, Toufik Mekbel, Walid Ben Hend Cast: Carl Crupud, Sean Roc Smith, Ron Guilbert, Christianno Chavez, Sam Ingraffia

Ned Botwood - 26th Sept 2019

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