Une Si Longue Marche
This film explores the conflicting encounter between humans and Chinese crabs that were coincidentally imported to Northern Europe, and that pass through our polluted rivers every year. In their attempt to avoid the obstacles created by humans, they invade small towns or hide in filters of nuclear power plants. Who are they, how can we get to know them, assess them, live with them? In the western world, most children who discover the crabs are very interested and want to understand their world, while most adults consider them harmful and want to destroy them. For the Chinese they are a source of joy. They savor them during the mid-autumn festival and in honor of the full moon, they depict them in paintings and see them as symbols of success. Dominique Loreau envisions a poetic cinematographic essay that is open to the fragmentary, contradictory and polyphonic diversity of reality, which at the same time becomes a mirror of our society and an ode to life.
Belgian cinema release: 21th of October 2022
Director – Dominique Loreau
Scriptwriter – Dominique Loreau
Producer – Françoise Hoste (Cobra Films)
Co-producer – Eurydice Gysel (Czar Film & Tv)
Cinematographer – Antoine Marie Meert
Editor – Rudi Maerten
Production support from Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Supported by the Belgian Tax Shelter (BNPPFFF)
Dominique Loreau is a filmmaker, writer and teacher of screenwriting and film analysis at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Some of her work: ‘Dans le Regard d’une Bête’ (2012), ‘Au Gré du Temps’ (2006), ‘Divine Carcasse’ (1998) & ‘Les Noms n’habitent Nulle Part’ (1994).