The Life Underground

by Loïc Hobi

Switzerland, France
2021
20 min
OV French
Short film
Fiction
Black & White
DCP

Loïc Hobi will be attending

In competition 2021

Official synopsis

Noah, a young man in search of his identity, is invited by his best friend, Ethan, to take part in the expeditions he organises with his gang in the depths of the metro. In this in-between world, where they compete to find their place, Ethan challenges the teenagers to jump over the rails before the train arrives. For Noah, risking his life seems to be the only way to be accepted and above all to exist in Ethan's eyes.

The programmer’s eye

After “The New Gods”, Loïc Hobi blows a lyrical flurry in the corridors of an empty metro station that has become a playground. “The Life Underground” vibrates with a circulation of glances between five teenagers for whom the adventure lies as much in the clandestine occupation of a place and the danger of the rite of passage as in learning about their desires. Using a fine black and white cinematography, as well as a full and feverish jazzy orchestral soundtrack, Loïc Hobi weaves the poetics of a space that one leaves only to catch one's breath, and to dive even deeper in the quest for one's identity. — Mathilde Guitton-Marcon

Biography and Filmography

Loïc Hobi is a French-Swiss filmmaker born in 1997. He studied directing at Luc Besson’s film school École de la Cité in France, graduating in 2019 with his short “L’Homme jetée”. His filmography includes more experimental works like “Face to face to the night” (2019) and “The New Gods” (2020). After three years of work, he’s now presenting his new fiction film, “The Life Underground” (2021). He has also just finished shooting “Alexx196 and the Pink Sand Beach” (2022), the convergence of his fictional and experimental cinema, and is developing a feature film.

2021 - THE LIFE UNDERGROUND (Short) - Loïc Hobi - Director, Screenwriter
2020 - THE NEW GODS (Short) - Loïc Hobi - Director, Screenwriter
2020 - ALIEN SEXTING (Short) - Loïc Hobi - Director, Screenwriter
2019 - L’HOMME JETÉE (Short) - Loïc Hobi - Director, Screenwriter
2019 - FACE TO FACE IN THE NIGHT (Short) - Loïc Hobi - Director, Screenwriter
2018 - HELL BROKE LUZ (Short) - Loïc Hobi - Director

Loïc Hobi and Yuri Najdovski

Lucas Faulong, Arcadi Radeff, Jérémie Nicolet...

Tell me the Story, Imaginastudio, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse, Skopéô, Because Production

Tell me the Story

Tell me the Story

de Loïc Hobi

Loïc Hobi is a French-Swiss filmmaker born in 1997. He studied directing at Luc Besson’s film school École de la Cité in France, graduating in 2019 with his short “L’Homme jetée”. His filmography includes more experimental works like “Face to face to the night” (2019) and “The New Gods” (2020). After three years of work, he’s now presenting his new fiction film, “The Life Underground” (2021). He has also just finished shooting “Alexx196 and the Pink Sand Beach” (2022), the convergence of his fictional and experimental cinema, and is developing a feature film.

2021 - THE LIFE UNDERGROUND (Short) - Loïc Hobi - Director, Screenwriter
2020 - THE NEW GODS (Short) - Loïc Hobi - Director, Screenwriter
2020 - ALIEN SEXTING (Short) - Loïc Hobi - Director, Screenwriter
2019 - L’HOMME JETÉE (Short) - Loïc Hobi - Director, Screenwriter
2019 - FACE TO FACE IN THE NIGHT (Short) - Loïc Hobi - Director, Screenwriter
2018 - HELL BROKE LUZ (Short) - Loïc Hobi - Director