About the film
The Erlprince is the story of an exceptionally gifted fourteen-year-old Boy who has just started studying physics at university. He is working on the theory of parallel worlds, which he initially believes to be linked by light. He has an extraordinary mind and a wounded soul, which his authoritarian Mother, who steers his life, is incapable of healing. Then a Man appears in their lives and, as the Boy passes from the hands of the Mother into his care, a new order is established. Their torturous road forms a bond between the three central characters, but their shared happiness is not to last long. Approaching a solution to the problem of the passage between the worlds, the Boy initiates a journey, setting his life on the scales…
The film I am planning will combine various cinema conventions and trends which are characteristic of thrillers, adventure films and science fiction movies. Nonetheless, the genre most akin to it is the family drama, with the opportunity for some interesting creative work on the part of the actors. The story speaks of no specific place and time. It is a fictional tale suspended between reality and the imagination of the fourteen-year-old boy.
Like my earlier works, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark Room and Twist and Blood, the story will be told from a child’s perspective, identifying both formally and dramaturgically with the sensitivities of the young protagonist. The road he takes from light to death will be echoed in the film. Two parts. Bright, with a luminosity encircling the actors the key. With vivid, succulent, hyperreal nature and interiors permeated with rays of sunshine rebounding from windows and mirrors. With light as the essence of the first part of the story, another actor, endowing rhythm; from time to time, it will veil what is happening as rays of brightness are released straight into the camera’s eye… All of which will gradually pass over to the dark side, to death, to the gloom of the forest, the life of the wild animals. In the second half, it is the colours of the earth and of decay which will predominate, a twilight dimness, the light delicately and subtly handled. The boy’s visions, corresponding to Caravaggio’s paintings, will anticipate this. The progression through the two parts delineates an interesting and, I hope, original direction for the evolving of the image. It offers me the possibility of unfolding an ambiguous tale balanced between the probable and the unreal.