Ivul

Directed by Andrew Kötting
  • Switzerland
  • 96 minutes
  • 2009

Filmmaker, artist and wild man of British cinema Andrew Kötting reinvents himself – in French – as a Franco-Swiss filmmaker with this intimate and eccentric family story.

Alex (Auzanneau) and his older sister Freya (Leroux) are teenage scions of the dynasty of an émigré Russian patriarch (Bideau). When the pair are caught playing taboo games, Ivul père is furious, telling his son never to set foot on his land again – an order the boy follows literally, taking to the trees and living a life off ground.
Absolutely convincing as a French film in the ‘intimist’ vein, Ivul is at the same time 100% Kötting – mixing English ruralism and French family narrative with the kind of visual and sonic mixing familiar from the director’s Gallivant and This Filthy Earth. Ivul sees Kötting developing a bold but tender new variant on his idiosyncratic outsider aesthetic.

Jonathan Romney, London Film Festival Programme

Aurélia Petit, Jean-Luc Bideau, Adélaïde Leroux, Jacob Auzanneau