Modern Love Short Slot
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Directed by Wilhelm Kuhn
United Kingdom| 20 min | 2018
Burgundy, France, end of 1945. Uncle Jules has prepared a very traditional gift for his nephew Louis on the day of his 15th birthday. Eager on turning this little bugger into a real man, he takes him to his favorite brothel. Through the evening’s bittersweet encounters, Louis discovers the adult world in all its cruelty.
Wilhelm is a French filmmaker who was born and raised in Paris. He graduated in politics and economics from the prestigious Lille Institute of Political Studies before studying filmmaking for 3 years at the London Film School. While still a student, Wilhelm worked in the post-production team of the feature film “Taken 2” (dir: Olivier Megaton, 2012) as well as for French public service broadcaster France Televisions. His second short film, “Le Neveu”, tells the story of a young boy taken to a brothel to lose his virginity, at a time when prostitution was still legal in France. The film is thereby set in the aftermath of WWII to address the topics of misogyny and patriarchy, and how they are enforced through traditional rites of passage.