Égoïste has been selected for the Beijing Film Festival!
Égoïste is a French spoken feature film shot in Montmartre & produced by Jelle Stroo, Stephanie Delbecque and Daniele Vella.
When Jerome returns to Paris, he’s got only one thing on his mind: to see Charlie. Wandering the streets of Montmartre, he reflects on their intense friendship and discovers more than he was expecting. Meanwhile, Léa, a girl the two friends met at a party, has some of her own troubles to worry about. Thanks to a dynamic story structure, the film unwinds as a story of secrets, manipulation and conflicts of interest.
Jelle Stroo is a young Belgian director/editor, living and working in Brussels. He has made a couple of short films, but Égoïste is his first feature film. He is also the writer and the co-producer of Égoïste.
Égoïste has been selected for the Future Foward section of the Beijing Film Festival and was shown in Beijing in april 2015.
Égoïste was shot in the summer of 2013 in Paris, with a small, international team: a Belgian director, a Belgian art director, French actors, an Italian director of photography and a couple of Dutch sounddesigners. Director Jelle Stroo also wrote the screenplay, which the actors in turn used as a starting point to find their own words and expressions to shape the scenes.
The film is a real low-budget production with a total cost of only €1500. The crew pulled this off by calling in favors of friends, consulting the online community and creative use of locations. This meant filming in the director’s apartment and those of his friends, and scouting for lesser known spots in Montmartre and the rest of Paris. As most of the cast and crew were working their day jobs at the same time, all filming was done during the weekends and in the evening, which would make for some very creative planning!
The sounddesign of Égoïste was done in Amsterdam, with the final Dolby Digital mastering in the renowned Warnier Posta Studio (where films like The Broken Circle Breakdown and Borgman were also mixed).
All music was specifically composed for the movie by the French composer Julien Vieuloup, who also plays one of the main roles in Égoïste.
Jelle Stroo – Producer, Director, Editor (personal website / LinkedIn)
Stephanie Delbecque – Producer, Art Director (personal website / LinkedIn)
Daniele Vella – Producer, Director of Photography (LinkedIn / Twitter)
Julien Vieuloup – Composer
Erik Griekspoor – Sound editor / sound re-recording mixer (personal website / Linkedin / IMDb)
Tom Jansen – Sound effects editor
Maria Kramer – dialogue editor
Behind the Scenes
by Julien Vieuloup (2014)
2. Il Veut Partir
3. Dans Sa Tête
4. Pas Sa Nana
5. Tout Perdu
6. Qu'est-ce Que Tu Me Proposes?
9. Je Sors
“Last night in Paris, I was lucky to attend a screening of a tense, strange and wonderful film that looped through my consciousness in the telling. The director/writer/editor Jelle Stroo (Belgium), cinematographer Daniele Vella (Italy), and a talented cast and crew of young artists have resurrected French new wave and got it walking the streets of Montmartre.”
– Jon Steele, author of War Junkie, The Watchers en Angel City
“It’s drenched in a fog of heavy emotion and the shots that are judiciously used to lead us into the actual narrative do more to put me on edge than they do to quiet my concern about what is happening here.”
Slashfilm, 17 May 2014
Le Billet, 8 December 2014
Rondom, 18 February 2015
Exit, 3 March 2015
Vertigo, 12 March 2015
Brugsch Handelsblad, 13 March 2015
Cinevox, 13 March 2015
Het Laatste Nieuws, 17 March 2015
Wallonie Bruxelles Images, 02 April 2015
Wallonie Bruxelles International, 22 April 2015
Brugsch Handelsblad, 10 April 2015
Brugge inspraak, May 2015
See the Film
Yippie! Égoïste is now available on UniversCine, see the full film here (only in Belgium).
28 March 2014, Desperado, Paris, France
13 March 2015, Ciné Liberty, Brugge, Belgium
22 April 2015, Beijing Film Festival, Beijing, China
24 September 2015, Casino Koksijde, Koksijde, Belgium
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