Struggling to succeed as an artist, 25-year-old Pia, played by director Anaïs Volpé, returns to her mother’s home. She aims for a fresh start but her twin brother doesn’t support her vision. Volpé voices the concerns of the millennial generation: finding independence. Here, the sincerity and form stand out, as Volpé mashes up footage from formats such as home videos and mobile phones, to deliver a DIY hybrid that is part fiction, part diary, part slam (Volpé’s voice-over is rhythmic and musical).
HEIS (chroniques) pushes the boundaries by also being a cross-media project, including a series and an art installation: HEIS (on the wall). The series of five eleven-minute episodes expands the film’s dilemma (staying/leaving) to others (loving/breaking up), while the installation channels the millennials’ inner landscape through props used in the film, photos and videos shown on cathode TVs. The series can be watched on tablets in the installation.
HEIS (on the wall): Thu 26 Jan to Sat 4 Feb, 11:00-20:30 KINO Rotterdam, free admission

Filmmaker
Premiere
European premiere
Country
France, China, USA
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
92’
Language
French
Producer
Anaïs Volpé
Production Company
Territoire(s) Film, Le Double des Clefs
Sales
Territoire(s) Film
Writer
Anaïs Volpé
Cinematography
Alexandre Desane, Anaïs Volpé
Editor
Anaïs Volpé
Sound Design
Steven Ghouti, Elie Mittelmann
Music
Luis Fabrega
Cast
Akela Sari, Matthieu Longatte, Anaïs Volpé, Emilia Derou-Bernal, Alexandre Desane, Laura François, Malec Demiaro
Website
http://www.heis.fr/en/