A summer with the French kids of Larry Clark
From 18th July, you can follow the story of the actors and script writer of Larry Clark’s new film (which is taking place in Paris over the summer) in real time, thanks to ARTE Creative new web series “A summer with the French kids of Larry Clark”.
“Whether they want to go on the roofs, or take a stroll underground, I’ll follow them!” For seven weeks, Thomas Kimmerlin’s filming plans will be based around the work schedule of Théo, Hugo, Diane and Lukas, the four main actors in Larry Clark’s new film project, as well as that of S.C.R.I.B.E., the young poet from Nantes who’s written the script. Over the summer, the filmmaker is working in Paris on “The Smell of Us”, which focuses on the life of skate-loving teenagers.
Thomas Kimmerlin films “A summer with the French kids of Larry Clark”, produced by Darjeeling/Morgane Production, which looks at the adventure of making the film from behind the scenes, thanks to weekly access to the five main lively protagonists and their daily lives. Filmed, edited and broadcast almost in real time, this new web documentary, broken down into 8 episodes of 6 minutes each, will be available on ARTE Creative every Thursday, to follow the progress of “The Smell of Us”. The other challenge: Thomas Kimmerlin is filming it all on his own, with a “relatively light-weight” Canon camera, to ensure the authenticity of his exchanges with the five teenagers. “A summer with the French kids of Larry Clark”, like “The Smell of Us”, gives us an insight into a “small section of the Parisian youth, which refuses to grow up. They’re also more naughty than I was at their age” observes Kimmerlin. “I’m having lots of fun around them”.
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From watching his grandfather install cinema projectors, Thomas remembers the projectors’ amazing size, the metallic sound of film rolls, the stuffy atmosphere of the projection booth and the light beam piercing through the darkness of the theatre. Magic and technology. Today his work with images revolves around the notion of animism, looking for the soul inside people and things, the living like the inanimate.
• " Timeless America ", (2013)
• " Mighty Nudes Vol.1 ", publication (2013)
• " Seeing Double in Tokyo ", Galerie Vertikall, Lille & 2nd France + Singapore New Generation Artists, General Society Private Banking, French Alliance, Singapore (2010)
• " I hate London ", Galerie Vertikall, Lille (2010)
• " Tokyo – Istanbul : Univers Parallèles ", Bar Parallèle, Lille (2008)
• Bali, Not for Sale (ongoing)
• Jef Aérosol " Chuuuttt !!! " (2011)