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West Empire - © Mathieu Le Lay

West Empire

A Short film by Mathieu Le Lay

Produced by Mathieu Le Lay Productions

Production year : 2015

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Production and distribution

Executive Producer :

Mathieu Le Lay Productions


Remains from a vanished past, the ghost towns of the American West are full of stories and legends. West Empire is an immersion into the heart of these towns left behind after the mining era and in which a few people still persist to live today. In a setting of American deserts, these inhabitants live a timeless life with one priority: the search for freedom.
Referring to their past, these men and women bring a strong testimony of their life experience. In the light of these atypical encounters, the film makes us think about how our modern society is governed, about time and the importance of living in the moment of now.

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Full credits (12)

Executive Producer :

Mathieu Le Lay

Screenwriter :

Mathieu Le Lay

Sound recordists :

Caroline Lessire, Mathieu Le Lay

Camera Operator :

Mathieu Le Lay

Editor :

Mathieu Le Lay

Music Composer :

The Gentleman Losers (Groupe)

Line Producer :

Mathieu Le Lay

Director of Photography :

Mathieu Le Lay

Assistant Operator :

Caroline Lessire

Production Manager :

Mathieu Le Lay

Sound Editor :

Mathieu Le Lay

Sound Mixer :

Laurent Mollard

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Short film

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Freedom, Marginality, Society

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100% French (France)

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26 min 4 seconds

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections (2)

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