"I wanted to take on unexpected and unsettling developments, and strike a balance between a universe bordering on hallucination and a strong dramatic composition." Clément Cogitore (Director)
A hallucinatory take on the war!
"There was earth inside them, and they dug." As the withdrawal of troops approaches, Captain Antarès Bonassieu and his squad have been assigned a surveillance mission in a remote valley of Wakhan, on the border of Pakistan. Despite Antarès and his men's determination, control of the secluded valley will slowly fall out of their hands. One dark night, soldiers begin to mysteriously disappear in the valley. Clément Cogitore's debut is refreshing and hallucinatory, it's tonal shifts and uncanny atmosphere slowly meanders through the land of madness and sanity. Above all, The Wakhan Front draws on the impossible absurdity of the war pursued by western countries in other lands. By deftly immersing its focus on the shifting perception of the soldiers, the film embraces this absurdity through the mystical and the metaphysical. The film is like a whisper "in the air, there your root remains, there, in the air."
2015 CANNES FONDATION GAN AWARD
Clément Cogitore was born in 1983 in Colmar. He is known for short films like Visités (2007) and Bielutin: Dans le Jardin du Temps (2011). In 2015, his first feature film The Wakhan Front was screened at Cannes.