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Istituto Svizzero is pleased to present the movie Les Particules, directed by Blaise Harrison at the Institut Français.
Pays de Gex, on the French-Swiss border. P.A. and his homies are in their last year of high school. One hundred metres beneath their feet, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the most powerful particle accelerator in the world is crashing protons into each other to recreate the energic conditions of the big bang and detect previously unknown particles. As winter sets in and P.A. sees the world shifting around him, he starts to observe strange phenomena in the environment. The changes are imperceptible at first, but gradually his whole world seems to be on the brink…
Les Particules, 2019, 98′
Produced by: Estelle Fialon, Lionel Baier
With: Thomas Daloz, Salvatore Ferro, Léo Couilfort, Nicolas Marcant, Néa Lüders, Emma Josserand
Genre: Drama, science fiction
Trailer: Les Particules
Original version in French with Italian subtitles.
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Born in 1980 and having the dual nationality French-Swiss, Blaise Harrison graduated from the l’École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL) in 2003. After his first short film Bibeleskaes, co-directed with Maryam Goormaghtigh and selected at the Visions du Réel festival in Nyon, Blaise Harrison directs 12 shorts for the documentary review Cut Up for ARTE France (Quark productions). He then directs Summer Growing Up (Les Films du Poisson) as part of a collection of first documentaries for ARTE France. This film was selected in 2011 at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, as well as in many festivals abroad, including the Dei Popoli Festival in Florence where it received the Best Documentary Award. In 2013, he directs a new documentary for ARTE France and RTS: Harmony (Les Films du Poisson / Bande à part Films), a French-Swiss co-production selected at the Locarno Film Festival. This film receives in 2015 an Étoile de la SCAM.
In 2016, Blaise Harrison is part of the list of the «100 figures making French-speaking Switzerland» published by the weekly magazine L’Hebdo, while his films are regularly subject of special screenings. In 2017, Blaise Harrison wins the Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma with his feature film project Particles, selected at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 2019.
Alongside his activity as a director, Blaise Harrison regularly works as a cinematographer (The Paris Opera, by Jean-Stéphane Bron).