Aaltra is a Franco-Belgian film directed by Benoit Delépine and Gustave Kervern in 2004. This is the first film which established the concept of Groland's cinema: artistic and social films about serious subjects of society with a touch of humor, as can the TV show from Canal + called Made In Groland.
For those who do not know _Groland, _(Fat Land in english) is an imaginary country,a présipauté (a principality headed by a President) near France, a concept of different TV shows of Canal + Channel. Groland is a country that boasts of an open mind and making fun of its French neighbors. This hypothetical country has been organizing a film festival every year since 2005.
Groland’s cinema is a cinema that takes its essence from surrealism, around which grew a movement of Groland’s Art, such as the Art of Miss Ming first exhibition of this art has also occurred in Musée International des Arts Modestes of Sète in 2011. You can find the press kit for this exhibition here.
Aaltra Tells the story of two neighbors in the countryside. One is a farmer, the other is a Parisian exile in optics of teleworking. They continually disturb each other in their modes of life and thought so different.
In a final quarrel, the trailer of the farmer crushes them. They wake up in the hospital in the same room, both paralyzed. On their return home, once alone, they both attempt suicide and miss. It was then that we understand that the trailer in question responsible for this comes from a Finnish company called Aaltra.
They follow a Road Movie in wheelchairs through northern France and Belgium and was completed in Finland. During this trip, they will get to know, to support, to ignore their mutual resentment to understand what they are now.
Aaltra Discusses the difference, dependence, intolerance through a cold filmic aesthetic black and white, who wants to show a reality without divertion.
This film is a photographic gem: black are very deep and very bright white. It was built in 16 and 35mm Kodak. We also note the importance of sound in this film and the reference to the work of Finnish director Kaurismäki which also plays in the film.
This first film raises the importance of addressing the social fact in Groland’s film and also the importance of the cinematic form Road Movie forcing the protagonists to indulge and to discover. Note also in this film the participation of Bouli Lanners who will take this idea of Road Movie in his film Eldorado.