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Melancholia is a poetic-bodily immersive experience in a mixed reality that invites our body to let itself be crossed by emotion and make it a driving force of our ability to re-enchantment. 

BLIES Brothers

Authors & film directors

  • Nicolas Blies and Stéphane Hueber-Blies, referred as the Blies brothers, are two French filmmakers, producers, and artists who create their works together.

    Biography

    In 2013, they conceptualized the documentary music transmedia Soundhunters in co-production with the French-German TV channel ARTE. Soundhunters was imagined to transform the world into an infinite musical instrument. It is the first part of the collection "Inhabiting the world poetically". The transmedia is released in 2015 in collaboration with many international artists including Jean Michel Jarre, Simonne Jones, or Blixa Bargeld. In 2016, the Blies brothers are invited to present their work at Lincoln Center during the New York Film Festival. The project is placed in 2016 under the high patronage of UNESCO.

    In 2019, they wrote and directed their first feature film Zero Impunity (2019). The film had its world premiere in March 2019 at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Greece) before being in official competition at the Annecy Film Festival (France) and then at the Moscow International Film Festival or the Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA). Marcel Jean (artistic director of the Annecy Film Festival) said in Le Film Français that Zero Impunity is "the perfect example of what we want to do with Contrechamp (the new feature-length competition section)". Le Figaro identifies the film as "a hard-hitting film" that "left Annecy speechless". And Première describes the film as "impressive". In 2021, the film was nominated for the Trophées Francophones du Cinéma in the category "Best Documentary".

    The film is the centerpiece of an international social impact transmedia project denouncing the impunity of sexual violence in wartime. The transmedia project is built as an "active media that promotes the liberation of the word and thus fights against impunity". The Zero Impunity media, supported by more than 400,000 citizens around the world, was launched with the publication of the first investigation L'ADN de Sangaris in Médiapart (France), Internazionale (Italy), InfoLibre (Spain), Le Desk (Morocco), Inkyfada (Tunisia), Correctiv (Germany), Le Jeudi and Tageblatt (Luxembourg). For Edwy Plenel, Zero Impunity is "a peaceful weapon". The transmedia wins the FIPA d'Or 2017 and gets a selection at the Visa d'Or de l'information France TV. The filmmakers were invited to participate in numerous conferences, notably in the presence of Dr. Denis Mukwege (Nobel Peace Prize 2018) at the University of Angers. 

    In April 2021, they also decided to devote themselves to an intimate work (cinema and theater) on the traumas of their own childhood, as well as on the intergenerational traumas that inhabit their family history.

    Jury

    In 2020, the Blies brothers are members of the feature film jury section "Contrechamp" of the 44th International Animation Film Festival of Annecy. In 2018, Nicolas Blies is a member of the jury section "National Documentary" and Stéphane Hueber-Blies member and president of the section "Innovation Award" at the 31st International Festival of Audiovisual Production of Biarritz (FIPA).

Nicolas Blies and Stéphane Hueber-Blies, referred as the Blies brothers, are two French filmmakers, producers, and artists who create their works together.

Biography

In 2013, they conceptualized the documentary music transmedia Soundhunters in co-production with the French-German TV channel ARTE. Soundhunters was imagined to transform the world into an infinite musical instrument. It is the first part of the collection "Inhabiting the world poetically". The transmedia is released in 2015 in collaboration with many international artists including Jean Michel Jarre, Simonne Jones, or Blixa Bargeld. In 2016, the Blies brothers are invited to present their work at Lincoln Center during the New York Film Festival. The project is placed in 2016 under the high patronage of UNESCO.

In 2019, they wrote and directed their first feature film Zero Impunity (2019). The film had its world premiere in March 2019 at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Greece) before being in official competition at the Annecy Film Festival (France) and then at the Moscow International Film Festival or the Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA). Marcel Jean (artistic director of the Annecy Film Festival) said in Le Film Français that Zero Impunity is "the perfect example of what we want to do with Contrechamp (the new feature-length competition section)". Le Figaro identifies the film as "a hard-hitting film" that "left Annecy speechless". And Première describes the film as "impressive". In 2021, the film was nominated for the Trophées Francophones du Cinéma in the category "Best Documentary".

The film is the centerpiece of an international social impact transmedia project denouncing the impunity of sexual violence in wartime. The transmedia project is built as an "active media that promotes the liberation of the word and thus fights against impunity". The Zero Impunity media, supported by more than 400,000 citizens around the world, was launched with the publication of the first investigation L'ADN de Sangaris in Médiapart (France), Internazionale (Italy), InfoLibre (Spain), Le Desk (Morocco), Inkyfada (Tunisia), Correctiv (Germany), Le Jeudi and Tageblatt (Luxembourg). For Edwy Plenel, Zero Impunity is "a peaceful weapon". The transmedia wins the FIPA d'Or 2017 and gets a selection at the Visa d'Or de l'information France TV. The filmmakers were invited to participate in numerous conferences, notably in the presence of Dr. Denis Mukwege (Nobel Peace Prize 2018) at the University of Angers. 

In April 2021, they also decided to devote themselves to an intimate work (cinema and theater) on the traumas of their own childhood, as well as on the intergenerational traumas that inhabit their family history.

Jury

In 2020, the Blies brothers are members of the feature film jury section "Contrechamp" of the 44th International Animation Film Festival of Annecy. In 2018, Nicolas Blies is a member of the jury section "National Documentary" and Stéphane Hueber-Blies member and president of the section "Innovation Award" at the 31st International Festival of Audiovisual Production of Biarritz (FIPA).

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