A relationship, years in the making, but with one night to either save or surrender it... L’Histoire de nos Petites Morts is an intimate look at relationships - the efforts we make to nurture them, the thoughtlessness with which we can damage them, the roles we play to inhabit them, the yearning need we have to make them work.
A new feature film from Writer/Director David Chidlow, the story takes place over one tumultuous night in the red light district of Geneva, Switzerland as a banker and a prostitute meet and share a night unlike any they were expecting or looking for. A night that could redefine their lives. With a cast of experienced Swiss, French and British actors, L’Histoire de nos Petites Morts is a fresh, heartfelt film straight from the streets of this unique city.
The film is the result of an intimate collaboration between writer/director David Chidlow and actors Delphine Lanza and Dorian Rossel. David developed the script in english in 2010 before spending the first half of 2011 with Delphine and Dorian translating it and workshopping ideas, scenes and the characters. This culminated in an intense three week rehearsal period at Theatre St Gervais, Geneva prior to filming.
Shot entirely in western Switzerland - mainly in the Paquis District of Geneva, home to the city’s ‘Red Light District’. Shooting was also completed in the small lakeside town of Nyon and around Lausanne station. The shoot lasted three weeks over the summer of 2011. This was the only feature film to shoot in Geneva for the last 18 months or so and offered nearly two dozen young Genevois filmmakers their first experience on a feature film set - and their all-important first feature credit.
Editing was completed in Paris through the autumn/winter of 2011-12 with the highly-respected editor Urszula Lesiak. Post-production was completed at Lipsync Post, London with the same team who have worked on ‘We need to talk about Kevin’, ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘My week with Marilyn’.
The score was composed and recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London in spring 2012. As well as James’ score, the film features a strong line up of contemporary music from across Europe, featuring artists such as Loney Dear, The Concretes and ANR.
The film is truly an independent film - being a passionate collaboration between new and existing talents, both behind and in front of the camera. The film has also received vital financial support from the Film Agency for Wales.
The film will be delivered digitally in a DCP and is also prepped to be delivered on film if required. The picture work was competed at leading London post house, Lipsync and completed to 2k. The sound is finished and certified as Dolby Digital. The DCP and subtitles have been prepared by Arts Alliance Media, London.