LE BAIN: From this beautiful abstract electronic track to the dream-y video, what was the connection?
Any specific challenges while shooting it?
At first I had the idea of a rowing athlete living on his own in the mountains, but I felt something was missing. Superpoze showed me the work of Richard Mosse, a photographer and cinematographer. I immediately felt that we should get inspiration from his work. He uses a technique that was common during the war in Congo with infra red film cameras that helped the army to find enemies hidden in the mountains.
Is there a special meaning to it?
For us it's more of an esthetic meaning. This color gave the unearthly touch I wanted for the video. As we shot with a numeric camera, I had to find another technique. It was really challenging to find the way to have an organic red/pink color. It's rare to have an inspiration that precise for a project, but here it was just perfect.
Why did you choose a real athlete as your main character?
The athlete is practicing to be the best. He is secluded, lonely, like an ascetic, and lives to fulfill his mission. He challenges himself, and surpasses himself physically and mentally. Nobody is there to guide him and he goes to the bottom of his act, risking getting lost...It is the metaphor that we wanted to create: the fate of artists who live for their art.