Paul Heintz | France 2018 | 18 Min. | OmeU

A slow movement through a residential neighbourhood, with empty streets, plain facades, as though artificial. A man recounts his story about the first time: attraction, desire, dizziness of the ignition, forgetfulness, complete blackout. The monologue is composed of transcriptions of psychotherapeutic sessions with arsonists, from the period 1960-1980.

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Producer: Thomas Hakim (Les Films d’Argile)
Cinematography: Pierre Hilpert
Color grading: Maxence Lemonnier
Editing: Jeanne Sarfati
Sound: Jérôme Petit, Grégoire Chauvot, Martin Delzescaux

FID Marseille 2018, DOK Leipzig 2018, Front Doc 2018, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019, Indie Lisboa 2019, Ethnocineca – International Documentary Film Festival Vienna 2019, Flat Pack Festival 2019, Festival 7e Lune 2019, Rencontres Paris-Berlin 2019

Filmography as director
Shānzhài Screens, (Petit Chaos, 2019) – 30 minutes
Foyers (Hearths), (Les Films d’Argile, 2018) – 18 minutes
Non contractuel (Non contractual), (Le Fresnoy, 2015) – 16 minutes

Paul was born in 1989 in Saint-Avold (France). He is a Fine Arts graduate from Beaux-Arts de Nancy, Arts Décoratifs de Paris and Le Fresnoy, studio national des arts contemporains.
His work goes through object, sound, video, installation and films. His first film “Non Contractual” was screened at RIDM, Indie Lisboa and FID. His last film “Hearths” premiered in 2018 at FIDMarseille and Dok Leipzig.
Paul Heintz’s field of action is a bizarre set of cases where what is real is largely imbued with fiction, and where social normativity also makes its weight entirely felt. There is an inherent toxicity to imagination and fiction when they combine their approval of the social norm, as is the case with storytelling for example. From there, Paul Heintz enters the logic of fiction, takes it further and lets through redeeming current.