After Blue (Dirty Paradise) After Blue (Paradis Sale)

by Bertrand Mandico

France
2021
130 min
French OV
Feature film
Fiction
Color
DCP

Forbidden to the under 12

Paula Luna will be attending

Out of Competition 2021

Official synopsis

In a distant future, on a savage planet, the lonely teenager Roxy frees a criminal buried in the sand. Once freed, the woman starts spreading fear and death again. Roxy and her mother Zora are deemed responsible, exiled from their community and sentenced to track down the killer. Thus, they begin roaming the fantastical and spectral territories of their dirty paradise.

The programmer’s eye

After “The Wild Boys”, which was awarded the FIFIB Grand Prize in 2017, Bertrand Mandico's new film is a sensory exploration that is just as surprising as his previous works. This unusual object, with flashy and surrealist decorations, explores all the facets of femininity. Infused with science fiction, this lyrical and whimsical western humorously demonstrates that the woman we speak so much of can never be captured by the creator’s eye.

— Natacha Seweryn

Biography and Filmography

Born in 1971, Bertrand Mandico graduated from CFT Gobelins (Paris) in animation cinema in 1993. He nevertheless directed only one animated short, “Le cavalier bleu”, staging a pagan rite in a surreal set. He extended his visual experiences with miniatures for Arte. Through twilight universes, he worked on cinematographic and narrative material by revisiting genres. He wrote and directed numerous short and medium-length films selected in a large number of festivals (where some of these films were awarded prizes), including “Boro in the Box”, presented at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, freely inspired by Walerian Borowczyk's and echoing a retrospective he worked on in Warsaw. Bertrand Mandico’s research is polymorphic (texts, photos, drawings, assemblages) and some of his films such as “Living Still Life” are exhibited in art centers. He’s also working on a 21-film project in 21 years with Elina Löwensohn, reflecting on fiction and the different stages the actress's body is going through. This year, his second feature film, “After Blue”, was presented in competition at the Locarno festival.

Selective filmography:

2021 - DEAD FLASH (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2021 - AFTER BLUE (Dirty Paradise) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2020 - THE RETURN OF TRAGEDY (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2018 - APOCALYPSE AFTER (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2018 - THE WILD BOYS - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2016 - DEPRESSIVE COP (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2016 - SOUVENIRS D’UN MONTREUR DE SEINS (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2015 - Y’A-T-IL UNE VIERGE ENCORE VIVANTE ? (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2014 - OUR LADY OF HORMONES (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2013 - PREHISTORIC CABARET (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2012 - S… SA… SALAM… SALLAMMBÔ (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2012 - LIVING STILL LIFE (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2011 - BORO IN THE BOX (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2011 - THE LIFE AND DEATH OF HENRY DARGER (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2010 - SA MAJESTÉ PETITES BARBES (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2009 - MIE, L’ENFANT DESCEND DU SONGE (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2008 - HE SAID HE IS DEAD... (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2007 - ESSAI 135 (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2006 - TOUT CE QUE VOUS AVEZ VU EST VRAI (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
1998 - LE CAVALIER BLEU (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter

Bertrand Mandico

Elina Löwensohn, Paula Luna, Vimala Pons...

Ecce Films, Ha My Productions

UFO Distribution

Kinology

de Bertrand Mandico

Born in 1971, Bertrand Mandico graduated from CFT Gobelins (Paris) in animation cinema in 1993. He nevertheless directed only one animated short, “Le cavalier bleu”, staging a pagan rite in a surreal set. He extended his visual experiences with miniatures for Arte. Through twilight universes, he worked on cinematographic and narrative material by revisiting genres. He wrote and directed numerous short and medium-length films selected in a large number of festivals (where some of these films were awarded prizes), including “Boro in the Box”, presented at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, freely inspired by Walerian Borowczyk's and echoing a retrospective he worked on in Warsaw. Bertrand Mandico’s research is polymorphic (texts, photos, drawings, assemblages) and some of his films such as “Living Still Life” are exhibited in art centers. He’s also working on a 21-film project in 21 years with Elina Löwensohn, reflecting on fiction and the different stages the actress's body is going through. This year, his second feature film, “After Blue”, was presented in competition at the Locarno festival.

Selective filmography:

2021 - DEAD FLASH (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2021 - AFTER BLUE (Dirty Paradise) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2020 - THE RETURN OF TRAGEDY (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2018 - APOCALYPSE AFTER (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2018 - THE WILD BOYS - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2016 - DEPRESSIVE COP (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2016 - SOUVENIRS D’UN MONTREUR DE SEINS (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2015 - Y’A-T-IL UNE VIERGE ENCORE VIVANTE ? (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2014 - OUR LADY OF HORMONES (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2013 - PREHISTORIC CABARET (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2012 - S… SA… SALAM… SALLAMMBÔ (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2012 - LIVING STILL LIFE (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2011 - BORO IN THE BOX (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2011 - THE LIFE AND DEATH OF HENRY DARGER (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2010 - SA MAJESTÉ PETITES BARBES (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2009 - MIE, L’ENFANT DESCEND DU SONGE (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2008 - HE SAID HE IS DEAD... (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2007 - ESSAI 135 (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
2006 - TOUT CE QUE VOUS AVEZ VU EST VRAI (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter
1998 - LE CAVALIER BLEU (Short) - Bertrand Mandico - Director, Screenwriter