Nominated for Best Short Film at the Cesar Award 2021

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A film by

Loïc Barché


Olivier Rabourdin, Swann Arlaud, Phénix Brossard, Matthieu Lucci, Augustin Raguenet, Clément Bertani, Iliès Kadri
Algeria, 1961. While France has just detonated its fourth atomic bomb, a group of seven soldiers are sent to the point of impact in order to take samples and measure the radioactivity. But the more they advance, the more the Captain, a fifty-something war veteran, is confronted with the paradoxes of a changing world, obsessed with "progress".

Crew List

Director: Loïc Barché

Screenwriters: Loïc Barché & Marie Monge

Producers: Lucas Tothe & Sylvain Lagrillère

Cinematographer: Paul Guilhaume

Production Designer: Fatma Madani

Editor: Pierre Deschamps

Sound Design: Ghazi Ek Feki, Corinne Dubien, Toni di Rocco

Digital Special Effects: Mac Guff, MediaLab, Copirate

Image and Sound Details

Release Date: 2019
Funding: CNC (Pre-Production Help – Digital Visual and Sound Creation), Provence-Alpes- Côte d’Azur Region, France 3, Adami, Beaumarchais-SACD Foundation, Procirep, Angoa

Language: French / Subtitles: 20 available languages
Frame/Aspect ratio: 1:2.1
Format: Digital 2K / Screening Format: DCP  Sound: 5.1

  • France, Tunisia
  • 2019
  • 26 min
Festivals and Awards

  • Official Selection César 2021
  • Grand Jury Prize – Paris Courts Devant International Film Festival
  • Mise en Scène Award– Eurydice Short Film Festival
  • Grand Prize of the 2020 Unifrance Short Film Awards – Cannes Film Festival
  • Talents de la Fête du Court-Métrage 2020
  • Trouville Off-Courts Film Festival – France
  • 42nd Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
  • Nancy International Film Festival
  • Jean Carmet Short Film Festival
  • 41st International Mediterranean Film Festival Montpellier (Cinémed) – France
  • International Independent Film Festival of Bordeaux
  • Paris Courts Devant International Film Festival
  • Eurydice Short Film Festival
  • Tous Courts International Short Film Festival of Aix-en-Provence
  • My French Film Festival
  • The Combat Festival
  • Short Film Festival of the Mediterranean Nights
  • Le Court nous tient Film Festival
  • Partie(s) de Campagne Film Festival
  • War On Screen International Film Festival
  • Short Film Festival of Auch– France
  • 52nd Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival
  • Rhode Island International Film Festival
  • Blue Planet Sci-fi Film Festival
  • Leuven International Short Film Festival
  • International Uranium Film Festival
  • Lift-Off Global Network Film Festival
  • Izmir International Short Film Festival
  • 13th Imagine Science International Film Festival


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