A FILM BY RAFAËL BEAUCHAMP
Short Film – Québec – 2023 – 15 min
Color | French English subtitles | 2:39 | 5.1
In the heart of a foggy and rural Quebec winter, Luce, a grieving mother faced with the disappearance of her son, is taken aback when three local hunters track down the alleged killer, a seemingly harmless young man. When it is proposed to her to take revenge on the latter, the spirit of the masses slowly takes possession of her tragedy as the group sinks into the forest. Les battues blurs the line between victim and persecutor in a dreamlike and anxiety-inducing thriller.
Lily Thibeault, Laurent Pitre, Monique Gosselin, Frédérike Bédard, Luc Proulx
DIRECTOR : Rafaël Beauchamp
WRITER : Rafaël Beauchamp
PRODUCERS : Léonie Hurtubise (Colonelle films)
CINEMATOGRAPHY : Ariel Méthot
PRODUCTION DESIGN : Ludovic Dufresne
SOUND DESIGN : Marie-Pierre Grenier
EDITING : Alexis Viau
MUSIC : Pierre-Luc Clément
Following a violent saber assault that took place in my hometown of Quebec, I was deeply affected when one of the survivors, Rémy Bélanger, was attacked on social networks when he confessed to having forgiven the aggressor, seeing in him an “overlooked by the system”. The public opinion was inflamed against Bélanger, indignant that he chose, so quickly, forgiveness, thus breaking the cycle of violence.
A short film having as its genesis this tragic event, Les battues is a film strongly inspired by my childhood memories in the Quebec countryside. Using a gray and misty winter tinged with onirism as a backdrop, we find Luce, a victim instrumentalized by the masses, trying to reclaim her drama, facing a village camouflaging a manichean mentality acting according to a system of impersonal and insensitive values. I aim to criticize the rise of popular revenge at the expense of the victims when the latter often find themselves without support, while nourishing a reflection on the humanity of these people committing monstrous acts.
Born in the small town of Magog, having grown up in Quebec and now well settled in Montreal, Rafaël Beauchamp is a screenwriter and director who graduated from the University of Quebec in Montreal in cinema. During his studies, he directed two short films, allowing him to shine in local and international film festivals. Fresh out of the school benches, his screenplay “Les battues” wins the grand prize of the writing laboratory “Cours écrire ton court”, organized by the SODEC. A great lover of genre film, he tries to import cinema from elsewhere into the local filmography. He is currently working on the development of two short fiction films as well as the writing of a first feature film.
THE TASTE OF FISHES I developpement
THE MAN WHO WANTED TO DRIVE TOO FAST I pré-production
BEYOND THE VOID I 2021
THE CRISIS I 2020
FESTIVALS & AWARDS
Gala Prends Ça Court !, 2023
Festival REGARD, 2023