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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


    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.

    Production and distribution

    Executive Producer :

    Mathieu Le Lay Productions

    Photos (4)

    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

    Technical details

    Short film

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    Themes :

    Freedom, Marginality, Society

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    Original French-language productions :


    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    26 min 4 seconds

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (3)

    Tehran International Short Film Festival - 2016

    Tehran International Short Film Festival (Iran, 2016)


    International Competition

    Odense Film Festival - 2016

    Odense Film Festival (Denmark, 2016)


    International Competition

    Festivals Listing