Le complexe de la salamandre

France | 2014 | 81 min
French | Subtitles in English
Cinematography: Stéphane Manchematin, Serge Steyer
Distribution: .Mille Et Une. Films
Editing: Stéphane Manchematin, Serge Steyer
Music: Muckrackers X
Producer: Gilles Padovani, Laurent Dené
Sound: Stéphane Manchematin, Serge Steyer
Production: .Mille Et Une. Films, Bix Films


In the Vosges region, where he lives far removed from the art world, an artist works at his own pace on a unique, enigmatic work that brings together the Old Masters with contemporary art. When he receives a major commission that could change the course of his life, he sets to work on it without changing any of his daily habits. As the seasons pass, between concrete effort and dream projects, between the precision of his gestures and his economy of words, between walks in the woods and his short trips to and from Paris, his progress is slower than anticipated. In this contemplative film by Serge Steyer, which, like the artist himself, adopts a meticulous, sensory approach, viewers are gradually transported into Patrick Neu's artistic and personal realm.


Serge Steyer

Serge Steyer made his first fiction film, Ried, in 1989. He then turned to documentaries and made about 30 portraits of artists and intellectuals, spiritual questions, and his home region of Alsace. In 1995, he made two films for Arte about the application of new technologies to the workings of democracy: Questions sur la démocratie électronique and Amsterdam ville numérique. His latest film, Huis clos pour un quartier (2007) re-examines local democracy. Since 2015, he has been content editor for Breizh Créative, which publishes KuB webmedia.
Filmography | Huis clos pour un quartier (2007) ; Récit pour s'en sortir (2006) ; Christophe Meyer, peintre (2004) ; Jean-Marie Pelt, écologiste (2003) ; Léon IX, un homme, une légende (2002) ; Kaija Saariaho, compositrice (2001) ; Les fresques de l'abbé Abé (2001) ; La Création (2001) ; Bireli Lagrène, guitariste (2000) ; L'expérience de la foi (1999).

Stéphane Manchematin

Stéphane Manchematin is a French screenwriter, director and film editor who has explored documentary forms and writing for the past 20 years. He has edited, produced and directed numerous productions, both for television and radio. In 2010, he co-directed the documentary Centre Pompidou – Metz : Le grand Meccano for Arte. He teaches film and audiovisual at the University of Lorraine in France and heads the audiovisual centre at the University of Metz.
Filmography | Le Centre Pompidou-Metz, chronique(s) à géométrie variable (2009) ; Centre Pompidou-Metz, le grand Meccano (2010) ; Et si nos villes avaient des ailes (2010) ; Vous avez dit chef-d'oeuvre ! (2011).

Screenings playing this movie

Screening # 54
Le complexe de la salamandre
FIFA Grand Panorama

Le complexe de la salamandre

France | 81 min | 2014

French | Subtitles in English

FIFA Grand Panorama


Canada | 11 min | 2016

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