Magazine article Screen International

Demaizière and Teurlai's 'Lourdes' Joins Upside Distribution Slate (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Demaizière and Teurlai's 'Lourdes' Joins Upside Distribution Slate (Exclusive)

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French filmmaker reveals fresh details about his Lourdes doc.

‘Lourdes’

French filmmaker Thierry Demaizière has revealed fresh details about his joint work Lourdes, exploring the motivations of the millions of sick pilgrims and volunteers who flock to the French famous shrine town, which Upside Distribution launches at the EFM.

Mars Film has acquired French rights to the film, which marks Demaizière’s latest collaboration with Alban Teurlai after Reset, about Benjamin Millepied’s ill-fated tenure of the Paris Opera Ballet, and Rocco, an authorised portrait of legendary Italian porn star Rocco Siffredi.

“It came as a bit of a surprise to find ourselves making this film,” Demaizière said. “When we embarked on this film we had just come out of a documentary about the pornography world.”

He said part of the attraction to the subject was the discovery that no other feature documentary had been made about Lourdes even though there are close to six million visitors each year.

“It’s not a film about religion but rather about what motivates people to visit Lourdes. Through a series of portraits we tried to understand what is going on between the six pilgrims and the volunteers who accompany them.”

The filmmakers have followed a wide cross-section of people ranging from members of the travelling community to a group of soldiers visiting the shrine, from cancer sufferers to sick children and their parents. …

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