To shoot his first film in natural landscapes, Louis Delluc, the great impressionist filmmaker who gives his name to one of the most prestigious celluloid awards in France, chose the surroundings of Ascain, a small village on the border with Navarra, as the stage for a small fiction documentary with smuggling as the backdrop and in which the absolute star is the light. After investigating every corner of France, Delluc fell in love with the light in the Basque mountains close to the sea (the same light that Roland Barthes chose for his death with his retirement to Urt and which he called a luminous light), and in the case of the Lumière, the visit by the film industry was justified by the desire to trap a movement, in this case, it is an attempt to trap the lighting of a landscape and all its magic which moves the filmmaker. A film that is a delight for gourmets of the old black and white.
Louis Delluc, René Coiffard
(Cadouin, 1890 - París, 1924)
Film director, critic and novelist, Louis Delluc began his career in 1917 as an editor in magazines, such as Le Film and Cinéma, and on the newspapers Paris-Midi and Bonsoir. In 1920, he founded the weekly magazine, Cine-Club. He published books, such as Cinéma et Cie, Photogénie, Charlot and Drames de Cinéma. He formulated his aesthetic theory on photogenic quality and defended film as a universal means of communication. He began making films in 1919, writing the script for The Spanish Fiesta and co-directing Black Smoke alongside René Coiffard, who he would also work with in The Road to Ernoa. His attention to everyday life and natural scenes make him one of the best representatives of impressionist film. He experimented with the use of flashback in films like Silence and The Woman from Nowhere, one of his most influential films, along with Fever. Today, a prestigious film award in France bears his name and is awarded each year to the country’s best film. He was the first author of a book on Charlie Chaplin and he died from the pneumonia that he caught in the filming of his last work, The Flood (1924).