A naturalistic thriller, dark and solar,
with a contemporary western movie touch

With very current problems, this movie is about the « crime of solidarity » in France, traffic of migrants and how some rural areas are desolate. Caught in an implacable mechanics, the characters evolve in a poetic atmosphere that contrasts with the hardness of their respective fights.

Written and directed by Lionel Bernardin  |  Genres: thriller, drama |  Runtime : 1h32

Produced by Stéphanie Schoonjans

Cast: Julien Barbier, Julien Kititi, Sébastien Corona, Stéphanie Schoonjans,

Jean-Pierre Mesnard, Hervé Fonteny, Sorahya Pinville-Aspilaire, Mira Disic, Clément Lagouarde

Festivals, selections & awards
(non-exhaustive list)

St. Louis International Film Festival (USA)

Liverpool Film Festival - Best Feature Film (England)

Soho International Film Festival - Best Acting Performance & Best World Feature nominees (NYC, USA)

Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival (Canada)

Regina International Film Festival and Awards (Canada)

Social World Film Festival - La notte del cinema (Italie)

Beverly Hills Film Festival - Best Actor (USA)

Montelupo Fiorentino Film Festival - Best Director Feature Film (Italie)

Festival L'Europe autour de l'Europe (France)

Lonely Wolf International Film Festival London (UK)

Cognac Polar (France)

Montreal Independent Film Festival - Best Director Feature Film (Canada)

Hollywood New Directors - Honorable Mention (USA)

Reims Excellence Director movie Awards - Meilleure actrice dans un second rôle (France)

Festival du Film de Castillonès (France)

STORYLINE

In a small rural town, Alex, a former professional boxer, lives as a worker in a concrete materials company. One night, chased by armed men, his twin sister breaks into his home with a migrant and his daughter. Alex, forced by the situation, accept to hide them, unaware that they are the object of many lusts. The spiral starts. With no choice and under financial pressure, he starts boxing in illegal matches.

STILL PHOTOS

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DOCUMENTATION

STREAMING ACCESS

  • POSTER (english version) - pdf

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Title - Grounds of hope (original: À Terre Promise)  |  Genres - thriller, drama  |  Runtime - 1h32
Language : French with english subtitles

Camera - Arri Alexa Mini Camera

Aspect Ratio 2.39 - color

Written and directed by - Lionel Bernardin

Producer - Stéphanie Schoonjans
First assistant director - Gilles Botineau

Director of photography - Romain Vallade
Set designer - Jonathan Charriaud
Sound operator - Damien Dewet, Alain Blondeau

Script - Logan Richard

Editing - Lionel Bernardin

Soundtrack composer - Lionel Bernardin

Sound mixer - Jonathan Mereau

Colorist - Valentin Damon

Cast - Julien Barbier, Julien Kititi, Sébastien Corona, Stéphanie Schoonjans, Jean-Pierre Mesnard, Hervé Fonteny, Sorahya Pinville-Aspilaire,
Mira Disic, Clément Lagouarde

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PRODUCTION CONTACT

STELION FILMS - Stéphanie Schoonjans   |   stelion@stelionfilms.fr   |   +33 6 07 57 85 70