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distant life

sebastien betbeder


It is a mild winter and Martin has just settled into the isolated house that was his father's. One night, at the edge of the woods, a strange man called Haruki appears before him. He invites Martin to lose himself in the forest in order to encounter a stranger. The stranger comes in the form of Yoshido, a peculiar Japanese filmmaker, who, assisted by Mathilde, is preparing to shoot a film based on Haruki's unfinished novel La Vie lointaine.


Sebastien Betbeder


Nathalie Boutefeu, Manuel Vallade, Gen Shimaoka, Aurore Clément

Financial partners

France 2, Limousin Region, CNC




56 mins

Festivals and awards

  • Caesar pre-selection

  • Pixie for the Best Production Short Film

  • Brive Medium-Length Festival: Audience Prize and Cinécinéma Prize

  • Côté-Court Festival of Pantin:

  • Grand Prix of the Fiction Competition

  • Male Interpretation Prize for Manuel Vallade Selections

  • Paris Cinema Festival

  • 6th French Cinema Meetings in Pau

  • Ciné 32 Festival Independence (s) and Creation in Auch

  • 26th Turin Film Festival

  • Vendôme Festival

  • Rotterdam Festival

  • Clermont-Ferrand Festival

  • Indielisboa Festival Portugal

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