ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY

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A film by Rodolphe Marconi

Produced by : Black Dynamite Production 

Directed by : Rodolphe Marconi

Genre : documentary

Duration : 85’

Cyrille is thirty years old, works every day and hardly ever goes on holiday. He tries to make a living by turning their milk into butter that he sells at markets. And despite his endless days, Cyrille is on the edge of a financial ruin. Debts keep accumulating and the bank demands repayment. Cyrille doesn’t know what to do anymore. Give up or continue at all costs …

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MEET THE DIRECTOR

Rodolphe Marconi

After a short stint at the Beaux-Arts, Rodolphe Marconi began his work as a director with a short film called ‘STOP’, for which he received the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999.

He was then a boarder at Villa Medici for one year. There, he shot his first feature film ‘DEFENSE D’AIMER’ (LOVE FORBIDDEN) in which he played the main role.

Returning to France, he directed ‘CECI EST MON CORPS’ (THIS IS MY BODY) with Louis Garrel, Melanie Laurent and Jane Birkin.

Two years later, he filmed ‘LE DERNIER JOUR’ (THE LAST DAY) with Gaspard Ulliel, Melanie Laurent and Nicole Garcia.

In 2008, he embarked on a journey with Karl Lagerfeld, following him nonstop for two years in order to produce the documentary entitled ‘LAGERFELD CONFIDENTIAL’, which was released in cinemas worldwide.

NOTE OF INTENTION

“The film is an intimate depiction, an immersion in Cyrille’s life, without a filter.

I’m on my own with just a camera and a microphone, no film crew. I become Cyrille’s shadow from sunrise to sunset, for several months. It’s the only way to really get inside his life, to get closer to the truth.

With this film, I am depicting what inspired me to make it: the injustices of the agricultural world in our times.”

Rodolphe Marconi

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THE ORIGINS OF THE DOCUMENTARY

July 2018.

For three days, on a beach on the Atlantic coast, a guy wades in the sea up to the knees, but no more. He never swims. This afternoon, I ask him:

“Why don’t you swim?
Just jump in. You'll see,
it’s not cold.”

He tells me he can’t swim. I ask him where he comes from. Cyrille is 30 years old. He is a dairy farmer in Auvergne, France. This is the first time he has gone on vacation, but his father is against it. Cyrille has never seen the sea. Marc, his best friend, planned the trip. He hired a tent on a campsite, 300€ for the week, and convinced Cyrille to come along. Cyrille needed to organize himself. Who would take care of the cows for a week? His father? No way, he is no longer in a fit state. And why going on holidays?

“Vacations are for lazy people”,
his father tells him.

In the end, he managed to find two nearby farmers to help him out. Since he returned from his week of vacation, his father has been in a huff with him. Cyrille took over the family farm six years ago. His two brothers turned down their parents’ offer, so he was left with no choice: it had to be him. Since then, he gets up every morning at 5 a.m., from Monday to Sunday. No days off, no holidays. For him, one day is just like the next and follows the same routine. Every morning, milking, then skimming, then cleaning/raking, then the butter… In the evening, it starts again, milking, skimming, butter. It stretches on until at least 11 p.m., often until midnight.

 

And despite all this work, he still can’t pay himself a salary.

Every three days, Sodiaal comes to buy his milk for 30 cents a liter. Sodiaal had a turnover of 5.4 billion euros in 2017. I ask him how he manages to live, to eat, to sleep. He lives with his father in a small house facing the barn. His mother died last May. But he can’t talk about it, it makes him cry. For the burial, he had to somehow find 2,000€. In the end, it was his best friend, Marc, who lent him the money. “You’ll give it back to me one day if you can. If you can’t, I don’t care,” he said. In the evening, to get to bed, Cyrille has to go through his father’s room. No privacy, no life.

Every three years, he buys a pair of sneakers.

 

He sells the butter on Saturday mornings at the market of Noirétable, a neighboring village.

“I make 50 Euros from my butter”.

When I ask him about his love-life, the answer is clear: “Well, I’m gay, so…”

A few hours after meeting with CyrilLE, I had the urge to make a film about him. It came over me, without really giving me a choice.

ABOUT AGRICULTURE IN FRANCE

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France is European Union’s largest agricultural power (before Germany and Italy)

69,5B

2016 turnover in the industry (19% of European production)

 

460 000

Farmers in France in 2016, among which 50% are more than 50 years old

 

26,8M

Hectare of utilized agricultural area

 

-8,4%

Drop of the agricultural contribution to GDP

 

354€

Growth monthly income for half of the farmers in 2016

 

3,8%

Growth rate of the farmer bankruptcy

 

1416

Number of farm bankruptcies in 2016

 

40%

Of those bankruptcy concerns breeding

 

10 000

Number of professional retraining per year

 

1/4

Of the farmers are single

 

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Farmer kills himself every 2 days in France  

 

THEY TALKED ABOUT IT

“A sensitive documentary, delicate, with powerful and graceful moments”

“Raw and powerful”

“Delicate and with a rare dignity”

“Implacable”

“Beautiful, moving!”

“An alarm call over the agricultural world”

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