A Wing from the Mountain, Hugo Mannhees’ new film shot in Kantal, is available online and social networks

A dancer was suspended more than 100 meters above the desert, mountains and sunset… at the foot of the mountainHugo Manhas’ latest incredibly poetic film has been on the web and social networks since Wednesday. Once again, the pictures are dazzling and the scenery is majestic and luxurious.

Since 2018, Aurillac’s freelance director has been committed to creating an aesthetic and narrative universe that attempts to explore the synergies between man and the four elements: water, earth, air and fire.

“This work aims to show the infinite possibilities offered by natural relief and to allow man to develop all his creativity there: gliding and flying and dancing day and night, on water, on rock, in the air… The freedom of creation is total and without limits. I want to ask the spectator about the durability The purity of these elements and these inscriptions. Will the vast open spaces, our spheres of expression, be equally rich in the decades to come?”

Hugo Mannhees (independent director)

After setting a skier on fire to denounce global warming consumer dreamThe Brittany coast lit up for a surf session on a stormy night in Scoutfollowed by skiers rushing down a mountain road after dark on burning boards teenage firewithout forgetting seasonsA natural and brutal immersion in Cantal to the rhythm of the four seasons, Hugo Manhes returns with a new movie. In line with his previous short films, at the foot of the mountain It deals with the dancer’s movements in the air and his appreciation of the void.

Seasons, MadCow film collective and Aurillacois director Hugo Manhes from Cantal

Six months of preparation for the artistic and aesthetic performance

For this project, Hugo Manhes placed his cameras approximately 1,500 meters above sea level, on the side of the road to Pas de Peyrol, last November. “It was intense shooting, so fun, but stressful,” said former student Émile Duclau High School in Aurillac.

On the set of the new project of Aurillac director Hugo Manhes (Cantal)

From the construction of the platform to the logistical and security issues, including the vagaries of the weather, it took no less than six months to prepare for the shooting of this movie. “Several elements opposed the realization of this project,” he recalls, starting with the technical aspect.
In the mountains, especially in November, the weather is especially fickle. The winds at the Col de Redondet made it difficult and dangerous to install a winch and a 60-meter mast, at the end of which the dancer Link Berthomieux had to move, on a very simple platform in the middle of the mountains. ..

“This sense of wind and this feeling of height was multiplied tenfold. The whole point was to be able to fit the movements of the air as well as the movements of the platform by transcending oneself both physically and mentally to perform a dance whose rules remain specific to those of the dancer.”

Hugo Mannhees (empty)

Technical and aesthetic performance for stunning results.

The last film in a series of five short films

On the Mountainside concludes a series of five short films entitled towards the nightEach episode takes place in a wild and natural environment, injecting an airy and unique atmosphere. The narrative framework of each of these films has one thing in common: it heads toward the night.

Born in Aurillac, Hugo Manhes Made a Whole New Surfing Movie

Note that for this new production, Hugo Manhes wanted to control the entire production chain, from production to musical composition. he is Join Rivière Salée, a Parisian artist who has been composing for several years for music. It took two months for this track to be released, which has since become available on all digital music streaming platforms.

Singer Ella.

Singer Illa, present on the final season of The Voice, as well as sound engineer Alex Gopher, whose name appears alongside the biggest names on the French scene, also worked on the project. The result is a soaring track with heavy percussion, agonizing platforms, and an ethereal sound. “This selection represents the continuity of the series’ proper universe: serious and sad, as member Anna von Hoss Wolff or Sebastian Teller’s CP 80, via Organ Nico, used during previous films,” notes Hugo Mannhees.

“Everything is homemade. It’s a literal process from start to finish, and my films make for a bewilderment. I don’t make any money from that. Four Cantal organizations helped me: the AOP Cantal, the administration, the grand site Puy-Marie and the city of Aurillac. I am very happy and grateful, but this is only a helping hand which is a small part of the film’s total budget (about 20%). The remaining 80% comes from my personal money and my company money. If I take that money, it’s because instead of investing in new equipment or developing my company, I’m making a movie. And I do it only out of pure passion for the mountains. It is one of the areas that inspires me the most in my work, and I try to make it known to as many people as possible. »

Hugo Mannhees (empty)

Cantal film 100%. Filmed in Boy Marie. Dancer is performed by Link Berthomieux (his mother, Vendetta Mathea, a French-American choreographer, created La Manufacture in Aurillac in 1992). Cantal Niocel Levage and its director, Pierre Loach, supplied the 60-meter boom truck. The platform was designed by Aurillac metal maker Patrick Izoulet. Production was handled by Alpha 296 (a company based in Aurillac). The footage (drones and cameras) was captured by Aurillacois and filmmaking and music composition by Hugo Manhes.

Emmanuel Tremet

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