After recently arriving in Svalbard, an island near the North Pole, a Luxembourgish tourist decides to extend his stay. Alexis embarks upon a long hike in an icy valley, an introspective and primal journey which is both physically and mentally endangering.
After finally returning to Longyearbyen, the only town on the island, he begins to reinvent his identity, with the aim of starting a new life and settling there. However, a few months later, the the long-term girlfriend he left behind appears on the island and attempts to bring him back to reality.
Working title : TOURIST
Genre : Featuring documentary
Format : 90′
Status : In production
Original version : French, English
Year : 2017
Author : Jérémie Dubois (FR), Jean-Louis Schuller (LU)
Director : Jean-Louis Schuller (LU)
Producers : Nicolas Blies (FR) Stéphane Hueber-Blies (FR) and Marion Guth (FR)
Production companies : a_BAHN (LU), NOVAK Productions (BE)
Actors : Luc Schiltz (LU), Mike Tock (LU), Ingrid Liavaag (NO)
Broadcasters : TBC
Worldwide distributors : TBC
With the financial support of : FilmFund (LU) PICTANOVO (FR) and WALLIMAGE (BE)
Director and scriptwriter
Jean-Louis Schuller is a director and cinematographer. He recently directed The Road Uphill (2011), a feature-length documentary which follows Leopard Trek, the Luxembourgish cycle team, training and competing in the 2011 Tour de France; HIGH/LOW (2010), a medium length documentary which he co-directed with Sam Blair and was awarded “Best Documentary” at the 2012 Luxembourg Film Prize; and Chungking Dream (2008), which was featured in the Silver Docs, Sheffield DocFest and Clermont-Ferrand film festivals and acquired by the MUDAM Collection, Luxembourg. He was also commissioned to represent Luxembourg with Faces, a seven-screen installation, at the 2010 Shanghai EXPO. Jean-Louis has just finished his latest feature documentary named Black Harvest.
After graduating from FEMIS and NFTS London Jeremie worked as a screenwriter and director. He writes for Vincent Macaigne, Armel Hostiou, Elodie Bouedec, Akihiro Hata, Camille Lugan or Ducki Tomek. He is also scenario consultant and participates in several committees and support funds in France (Advance on Film Revenues Commission or CNC Cinema du Monde) or abroad (feature film selection committee at the Solothurn Film Festival, consultant in the workshop in Asia Minor Produce in the South). Jeremie also saw his first film selected for the Critics’ Week in CANNES.