Intro: Shalimar Preuss
This past year, Shalimar Preuss’ latest short film, Étrange dit l’ange (Strange Says the Angel) has garnered attention throughout the short film world. Just this spring it brought home the main award from two of the foremost short film festivals in Europe. Rightly so, too, because it is a remarkable work, full of ”elegant and profound storytelling, edged with mysterious yet gentle danger, rooted in the rich layers of family life”, as one jury put it. This beautiful drama follows an isolated family who, despite the verdant surroundings of their rural home, seem to be living in an apocalyptic future. It shows the filmmaker
achieving something approaching magical naturalism – truly stunning and magically sublime, yet firmly rooted in the real world. This is not the first time Shalimar Preuss
has managed to combine uncommonly sensitive and uninhibited performances from mostly non-professional actors with hints of dreamlike realism that capture richly layered subjective realities. The nuanced portraits are often set against untamed nature, allowing her to explore concepts of mortality, tradition, nature, and loneliness in a subtly incisive manner. Most of her films, including her feature film, have this rare quality. In a way it makes sense that she has returned to short filmmaking after an excursion to features. Her films seem like they are coming from someone who has experienced feature work and returned to short film for the unique and limitless possibilities it
possesses, and Shalimar Preuss uses every single frame to full effect. Shalimar Preuss, currently living and working in Paris, has both French and Canadian citizenship. From 2004-2006 she studied Art and Film in the USA, as well as in France at Le Fresnoy – National Studio for Contemporary Arts. Her first feature, Ma Belle Gosse screened at IFFR in Rotterdam, Bafici, IndieLisboa, etc. and was awarded Best French Film at Belfort in 2012 before being released theatrically in France. Shalimar Preuss will be present at the screening to talk more about her filmmaking.