THE WANDERINGS OF IVAN

LA BALADE D'IVAN

By Claude CHAMIS

COBALT FILMS - as DISTR / PROD / FIN

Road movie - Completed 2018


Festivals
& Awards

Independent Talents International Film Festival 2018
selection
Near Nazareth Festival 2018
award
Orion International Film Festival 2018
award
Rome Independent Prisma Awards 2018
selection
les Rimbaud du Cinéma 2019
selection
Refugees Welcome Film Festival Berlin 2019
selection
New Vision International Film Festival Amesterdam 2019
award
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Road movie, Social issues, Drama
    • Countries
    • FRANCE
    • Languages
    • FRENCH, RUSSIAN, ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 75 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Claude CHAMIS
    • Writer(s)
    • Claude CHAMIS, Sylvain MAUGENS
    • Producer(s)
    • Sylvain MAUGENS (COBALT FILMS)
    • Synopsis
    • In the middle of summer, a young Russian named Ivan arrives in Paris and lives in extreme poverty. He has no money, nothing at all, he is on his own and is the victim of general indifference, even rejected by his own orthodox community. He rapidly leaves the big city to find shelter in the woods nearby, in search of nature and solitude. He settles in a small space, but soon discovers the clandestine life where male prostitution has become the law. Ivan is a pure soul. He is very religious and becomes extremely troubled when he realizes that all human relationships in these idyllic surroundings have a price. He comes across ambiguous young men and women on whom he has no hold. Eventually his encounter with Pierre, a young father, will seal his fate. With him, he commits the irreparable…
      The Wanderings of Ivan depicts the atypical, poetic journey of a young Russian tramp in Paris these days who has to face contempt, indifference and social violence.
      My wish was to give another image, another dimension to the stranger, the ostracized, the homeless, the migrant. I had to forget all kind of social realism and all the clichés linked to such a character. We built this journey, these strange wanderings through the mechanism of tale. Ivan is a pure, very religious young man. He lives on instinct, is a lonesome wanderer, a heavenly tramp in the style of Kerouac or Thoreau, an innocent as in Dostoievski, a young Saint who is intrinsically Good and at whom Evil will go unrelentingly. Although the sociological background is extremely present in the beginning of the film, I wanted to get away from it to create in the midst of nature a small, cruel, poetic, fantastic theatre where several atypical characters would cross Ivan’s way. In my production I tried to give another idea of duration with singular cuts in the flow of the film and in time, so as to create a pulsatile, ultra-sensible approach. What was most important to me in this film was my obstinate care, my focus on filming meticulously the athletic, sexy body of my Slavic actor, as the whole story reads itself and reveals its secrets through the body of this actor.
      Claude Chamis - © 2018