Documentary | 22 minutes | 2020 | color | 16/9 | DCP
Original version: French
Subtitles: English

At dawn, a cannon shot shatters the plain. Horses gallop across the beaten earth. Eva, 21 years old, wants to join the hunters of the Imperial Guard, a Napoleonic regiment of historical re-enactment reserved for men. In her quest for romanticism, she hides her identity so that she can set foot in the stirrup, braving a 200-year-old ban. In this world of gunpowder and smoke, Eva discovers herself as she has always dreamed: a handsome soldier at the side of a beautiful princess.

“This film convinced the entire selection committee because of its accuracy, the place the director found to blend in with this environment and obtain the confidences and complicity of her heroine, the contemporaneity of her subject which stages the past while questioning us about the present, the love of cinema which is reflected in the horse and ball scenes, which exude an astonishing grace. We were blown away by the density of the subject matter, contained in so few minutes and in a superb modesty that leaves no room for didacticism but translates a beautiful benevolence. Congratulations for this magnificent film!”

Principi Award at the Lago Film Fest
Award for best student film at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur
Nomination au Prix du Cinéma Suisse “Meilleur film de diplôme”
Festival Premiers plans d’Angers 2021; Palm Springs ShortFest; Locarno Film Festival; Frameline Film Festival San Francisco; Pink Apple Film Festival Zürich; Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival; Poitiers Film Festival; Journées de Soleure; FIPADOC Biarritz; International Film Festival of Uruguay, Montevideo; Prishtina International Film Festival; Nuit du court-métrage, Suisse; etc…

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