The Demons of Dorothy Les Démons de Dorothy

by Alexis Langlois

France
2021
29 min
French OV
Short film
Fiction
Color
DCP

The film crew will be attending

Out of Competition 2021

Official synopsis

Dorothy’s a film director and a bit of a loser. One night, after a few beers, she lets loose on her script when a call from her producer kills her buzz: enough with the queer comedies, it’s time to start making mainstream films. To avoid sinking to the deepest depths of despair, Dorothy seeks comfort in her favorite TV show, "Romy the Vampire Slayer". Unfortunately, her own demons show up.

The programmer’s eye

Awarded the Short Film Grand Prize in 2019, Alexis Langlois outdoes himself by staging his demons who are just as much his own as those of a cinema locked in a certain normativity. By giving free rein to the expression of his anxieties, he creates a self-fiction comedy that reinvents the pathos usually linked to that genre. It’s a pleasurable gesture of cinema where the audacity, or should I say the cheek of a director, asks to be accepted as it is, without having to stunt in the mirror reflection of those who finance, decide and hold the world. The film is political on the issue of representations, as well as funny and clever. Essential!

— Natacha Seweryn

Biography and Filmography

After studying at Paris 8 - where he wrote a dissertation on Magdalena Montezuma - and at the National School of Arts in Paris-Cergy, Alexis Langlois produced “Trinkets and Dark Thoughts” with the G.R.E.C., in which he films revelers and performers from underground Paris. The following year, with the same company, he toured the musical “Your Young Years Will Dry Your Tears”. After “Terror, sisters!”, produced by Les films du Bélier, he directed “The Demons of Dorothy”, which premiered at Locarno in August 2021 and won the Silver Leopard and the Young Jury Grand Prix. He’s currently developing his first feature film, “Les Reines du Drame”, and the burlesque sitcom “Body Positive”, with Les Films du Poisson.

2021 - THE DEMONS OF DOROTHY (Short) - Alexis Langlois - Director, Screenwriter
2019 - TERROR, SISTERS! (Short) - Alexis Langlois - Director, Screenwriter
2017 - YOUR YOUNG YEARS WILL DRY YOUR TEARS (Short) - Alexis Langlois - Director, Screenwriter
2016 - TRINKETS AND DARK THOUGHTS (Short) - Alexis Langlois - Director, Screenwriter

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de Alexis Langlois

After studying at Paris 8 - where he wrote a dissertation on Magdalena Montezuma - and at the National School of Arts in Paris-Cergy, Alexis Langlois produced “Trinkets and Dark Thoughts” with the G.R.E.C., in which he films revelers and performers from underground Paris. The following year, with the same company, he toured the musical “Your Young Years Will Dry Your Tears”. After “Terror, sisters!”, produced by Les films du Bélier, he directed “The Demons of Dorothy”, which premiered at Locarno in August 2021 and won the Silver Leopard and the Young Jury Grand Prix. He’s currently developing his first feature film, “Les Reines du Drame”, and the burlesque sitcom “Body Positive”, with Les Films du Poisson.

2021 - THE DEMONS OF DOROTHY (Short) - Alexis Langlois - Director, Screenwriter
2019 - TERROR, SISTERS! (Short) - Alexis Langlois - Director, Screenwriter
2017 - YOUR YOUNG YEARS WILL DRY YOUR TEARS (Short) - Alexis Langlois - Director, Screenwriter
2016 - TRINKETS AND DARK THOUGHTS (Short) - Alexis Langlois - Director, Screenwriter