During its long harsh winters, the Lozère region of France is subject to intense and unrelenting snow storms so disorienting that in the local dialect the word blizzard refers not only to the atmospheric phenomenon but also to a bewilderment of the soul. Amidst the bleak, snow swept mountains shepherds perform mysterious ancient rituals and ring out bells to call back the lost. Meanwhile, inmates of a notorious nearby psychiatric ward wander aimlessly, haunted by the names of the institution’s previous patients who lie buried in their thousands at a nearby cemetery.

Combining anthropology and poetic narrative, this film is a spectral voyage through storms; those of the mountains and winter, and those of bodies and souls.

Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd

Film Director

Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd

Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd is a Belgian Film Director from Liege (Wallonia, Belgium). He has dedicated most of his work to Africa. After studying Information, Journalism, and Communication, as well as Anthropology and African Civilizations, Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd worked as a teaching assistant on the Université Libre de Bruxelles’ Faculty of Philosophy and Litterature until 2003. From 2004 to 2008, he developed and ran “Cinéma(s) d’Afrique(s)”, an annual documentary film writing and directing residency for young Senegalese filmmakers. From 1998 to 2008, he served as co-director of Filmer à Tout Prix, the French Community of Belgium’s biennial documentary film festival. Since 2008, he has been a professor at the IHECS (Institut des Hautes Etudes de Communication Sociale), in Brussels.
Conceived out of an encounter — and, at times, a confrontation — with reality, his work attempts to weave bonds between men and the world, between singular and universal stories. At once aesthetic, philosophical and political, his films are explorations of the world and its stakes, of existence here and somewhere else.

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