excecutive production SITuation COMédie & les Laboratoires D’Aubervilliers,
support from: la Fondation des Artistes, le département 9, Centre National de la Danse & La Villa Arson.
release: november 2022 / length: 40mn
Producer/ Director’s assistant: Silina Syan Producer: Adela Noual Director of Photography: Hoang Le Nguyen Alternative Camera: Ema Lauro Sound engineer: Nino Ram Music: Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley
Actors: Ekko: Lucas Tetry Rivière Désiré.e: Brandon Gercera Youssef: Phœnix Atala Tanger: Snake Ninja André.e: Valérie Abrogoua Hanabi: Hanabi The K Maxime: Océan
Critical Failure is all at once a Sci Fi movie, an unfinished script about the image of queer non-white communities, an editing in progress, an attempt to discover a new method to make films, a series of ethical, aesthetical, political and practical questions, a sum of obstacles and revelations, a story that describes what it is to figure out that you’re different and that it’s that figuring out which sets you free.
Ekko is an artist in residency at an art center, she finds out that she is a robot. She decides to take hack of her own program thanks to a secret choreography she learns from a militant android gang. She can then sever her ties to the institution that owns her and take control of her own body. While this story is unraveling we follow a gay couple who decides to make this anticipation film. They want to challenge the mainstream, normative way the industry makes movies and are trying to figure out a relevant and specific way to tell their queer artist stories. This narration is about emancipation, mirroring Ekko’s adventures.
The Formula is a web series where screenwriting technics are over-analysed.
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written and directed by : Phoenix Atala
staring : Phoenix Atala, Michèle Gurtner, Aurélia Petit, Yves-Noël Genod, Michèle Bargues, Viviana Moins…
executive producer : Situation Comédie
Coproducer : Le Musée de la Danse dans le cadre de la mission Accueil-studio, le festival Hors Pistes Centre Pompidou,
Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique national.
How to write standing Up is a solo show where Phoenix Atala explains the rules of comedy while storytelling his private life. He describes the step by step method of how to make a show: the best way to find an idea, meet with curators and master writing techniques.
Sometimes the rules of comedy are applied, sometimes they’re broken.
Sometimes the jokes are funny, sometimes they fail.
« Tonight you are going to attend a different kind of stand up comedy routine, the kind where laughing is not the main goal, Tonight I would like to lead a reflection on comedy, the research of ideas, and effectiveness.”
lenght : 45 mn
Excecutive Production : Situation Comédie
A performance commissioned by The Pompidou Center and funded by Ministère de la Culture (DICREAM)
Libération(4/28/2017)-"It probaby is this artist's charming talent : knowing how to highlight the conventions without being heavy handed." Eve Beauvallet
Mouvement(3/2/2017)-"Comedy, a serious art. (interview)" Carole Bailly
Le Mouv’(4/28/2015)-"A "mise en abîme" that hits the spot." Augustin Arrivé (not yet translated)
Theatrorama(4/18/2015)-"He shows with talent that feat of strength comes from defeating strength" Cathia Engelbach (not yet translated)
Part film, part theater, part reality television… Phoenix Atala’s Season 1 episode 2 examines its own production process step by step, as it is being created in front of the audience. The hilarious and thoughtful work questions the concepts of mass media, Big Brother, and the boundaries of reality and fiction—while offering a delightful critique of social norms and structures.
Known to New York audiences for his work with French performance group Grand Magasin, Phoenix Atala is a renoun and critically acclaimedtheatrical director in Europe who tries his hand at cinema.
For this production the cast, amix of french celebrities and amateurs, obsessively describe what’s happening on the screen.
The movie is an eye opening revelation for who is new to the mechanism behind cinema production, and an entertaining witty and playful UFO for who works in the industry.
As orange: Pascale Murtin, Christophe Salengro, Aurélia Petit
As pink: Virginie Petit, Danièle Colomine, Pascale Murtin
As Yellow: Joseph Dahan, Christophe Arrot, Danièle Colomine
As blue: Marc Bruckert, Michel Phelippeau
As brown: Etienne Charry, Virginie Petit, Pascale Murtin
As red: Marc Bruckert, François Hiffler
Executive Producer GRAND MAGASIN/ 34567FILMS
Coproduction GRAND MAGASIN / 34567FILMS/Le Consortium, Dijon /
Dubbelspel (30cc & STUK Kunstencentrum) /
MAC/VAL, Vitry sur Seine / Les Spectacles vivants –
Centre Pompidou With the help of
Ministry of Culture and Communication (DICREAM)
With the support of Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers
and Canal + Short Program Unit