Video HD, Super 8 colour and Archive blow up to 35mm – 96 mins feature film.
Sciapode France, Box Productions Switzerland and support from Le Fresnoy, France
IVUL is the extraordinary story of Alex, a young man who climbs on to the roof of a house and refuses to ever come back to earth. He lives out a brief and dramatic life in exile looking down upon a family that he loves but is too stubborn to return to.
IVUL (above ground) is the second feature in the proposed Landworks trilogy based around narratives linked to topographic location - (ground level: This Filthy Earth, 2001; and below ground: Underland, in development).
IVUL centred its storytelling in the Pyrenean forests to which its unsettled teenage protagonist retreats, escaping patriarchal violence. This action, along with the ensuing reactions of various members of the rural family unit, are played out with a keen awareness of the emotional and psychological impacts of place or home on human sensibility.