Marine Levéel Paints a New Rural France in Short ‘Magnetic Harvest’

Variety | 1/16/2020 | Jamie Lang
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Debut filmmaker Marine Levéel’s “Magnetic Harvest” arrives at the MyFrenchFilmFestival, the online film festival that runs Jan. 16-Feb. 16, capping a whirlwind year of awards and recognition. It first premiered at the Angers Film Festival, scooping the audience prize, before competing at the Hof Film Festival and France’s prestigious Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

Produced by Marthe Lamy and Jeanne Ezvan at Apache Films, “Magnetic Harvest” was the beneficiary of state and regional funds, as well as presales to France Television before shooting started, a key to the film’s eventual success, according to Levéel.

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France’s New Rurals, a group of young, ambitious workers who are electing to stay or move back to the picturesque pastures of France’s countryside, take center stage in this love story between a farmer whose prized breeding hog has escaped and a close friend returned from a long stint abroad.

Levéel spoke with Variety ahead of MFFF about her own rural upbringing, presenting an updated image of life in the country and what she’s got planned next.

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Are you from a rural background? Is the setting of this film something familiar to you?

Indeed I am. I grew up in a small village in Normandy. A lot of relatives are farmers from generation to generation. With my siblings and cousins, we were the first to leave the region to study and work abroad, but I also have friends my age who settled as farmers after their studies. In France we call them “new rurals.” It’s hard work being a farmer and a lot of movies show that, but it’s not all harshness. I wanted to show something different, more contemporary. I made “Magnetic Harvest” a little like a fairy tale with its colorful scenes and romantic elements. I wanted to depict sensitive characters in a world where there is hope to...
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