DCP/HD - 2015 - France - 74 min - Thriller
Original title: pseudonym
A film by Thierry Sebban
Alex is a divorced father and a very busy, stressed-out executive. His life is all about work, work, and work. Tonight, he is in a hurry. He has got a date with a young unknown woman... on internet. But this night meeting is going to plunge him into a vicious downward spiral and throw his life off-course forever. As he is enjoying the girl's striptease on his screen, Alex witnesses a violent attack on her, at her home. He then finds himself hunted down and forced to flee his home to escape this manhunt, till he is trapped. Locked up and confused as to what is happening to him, he discovers with horror that he is the victim of a predator who hunts man according to his perverse impulses. And tonight, he is the prey...
Original language: French
Produced by: Diabolo Films, La Petite Reine and Lorette Productions
Tubigen International Festival of French Film 2015, Horizon section Fantasporto Porto International Film Festival 2015 ECU European Independent Film Festival, Paris 2015 Houston International Film Festival 2015, WorldFest Festival international du film Policier Liège 2015, Panorama section Buffalo International Film Festival 2015, New York Paris-Paros International Film Festival 2015, Greece
Critic's Prize - Fantasporto Porto International Film Festival 2015 Best First Film Mention Mention - ECU European Independent Film Festival, Paris 2015 Jury Special Mention - Houston International Film Festival 2015, WorldFest
In parallel with his being an actor, Thierry has been drawn, since 1996, to the directing and screenwriting work. He then decides to write, produce and direct his first short film, COEUR D'AIGUILLE (Needle-Heart), in which he also plays. This film, shot in black and white, deals with the subject of suicidal behavior. It is broadcast on Ciné Cinéma channel in France Roche's (French journalist, film critic and TV producer and presenter) program, and takes part in several festivals such as the Sarlat, Vendôme or Nevers festivals. In 1998, Thierry directs TOURNIQUET ORANGE (Orange Turnstile), his second short film. He handles the topics of childhood and the loss of innocence. This poetic film takes part in many French Festivals such as the Clermont-Ferrand or the Sarlat festivals, but also international ones such as the Geneva, Manchester, Dublin, Birmingham or Cork festivals. In the meantime, Thierry takes interest in theater and co-directs LES FIANCES DE LOCHES (The Fiancés of Loches) by Feydeau, then LE MARCHAND DE SEL ET LA MOUCHE (The Salt Merchant and the Fly), by Jan Fabre, in which he also acts. In 2004, he reunites with film directing with a third short film , SOYONS ATTENTIFS (Beware...) which he writes, produces, directs and plays in. This film, which deals with the subject of prejudice, is initiated in collaboration with Kodak, in order to officially represent one of their camera films in all the capitals of Europe and in South Africa. At the same time, the film is selected in over fifty French and international festivals, and receives a dozen prizes, including the "Best French Short Film" award at the Avignon / New York Film Festival, or the "Special Jury Prize" at the Human Rights International Film Festival. It is also broadcast on TPS channel, and distributed internationally (Australia) and in France before Dany Boon's film LA MAISON DU BONHEUR (The House of Happiness), thanks to Claude Berry. Furthermore, Thierry develops feature film scenarios such as "Pilleur de vie" (The life-robber), "Petit week-end entre amis" (A quiet friends' weekend), co-written with Pierre-Yves Touzot, or a film based on the novel COSMETIQUE DE L'ENNEMI (The Enemy's Cosmetique) by Amélie Nothomb.