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Le refuge (2014)

LE REFUGE is a short comedy about an American lawyer -- on vacation with her family in Lausanne, Switzerland -- who's coming unhinged from the guilt of representing the manufacturer of a cheap car that tips over when it turns left.

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Elliot Thomson

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Elliot Thomson
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Credited cast:
Ana Girardot ... Fontanne
Jessica Hecht ... Gemma
Peter K. Hirsch Peter K. Hirsch ... Roman
Elina Löwensohn ... Marielle
Stefan Olaguera ... Olivier
Zach Rand ... Cole
Frank Wood ... Lawrence
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LE REFUGE is a short comedy about an American lawyer -- on vacation with her family in Lausanne, Switzerland -- who's coming unhinged from the guilt of representing the manufacturer of a cheap car that tips over when it turns left.

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Short | Comedy | Drama

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USA

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English

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The making of an award-winning comedy short
10 June 2015 | by ScreenthoughtsSee all my reviews

While in New York, Hollister & O'Toole had the enormous pleasure of speaking with the amazingly talented writer and director Elliot Thomson – founder of Empire Arts Film Corp.

Elliot's short film "Le Refuge" is currently enjoying a very successful run at festivals around the globe – from Istanbul to the Cleveland International Film Festival – an Oscar-qualifying fest, where it recently won Best Comedy Short out of 224 films. "Le Refuge" elegantly tells the tale of an American lawyer – on vacation with her family in Lausanne, Switzerland – who's coming unhinged from the guilt of representing the manufacturer of a cheap car that tips over when it turns left.

Talking with Elliot is like viewing his art – witty and thought- provoking – and very, very engaging. We might as well call this podcast How to Make a Film with Integrity. Holding on to Your Vision. Collaborating without Compromising.

Elliot aimed high, and landed on his star. Come along for the ride – listen to how his short film is linked to Broadway greats, the New York Philharmonic – and even the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.

We spoke to Elliot for nearly 2 hours – truly, one of the most engaging afternoons we've had. While we couldn't manage to whittle that conversation down to a length shorter than "Le Refuge" itself, we wanted to include here as much as possible – since, in our opinion, listening to these 38 minutes with Elliot is a gift (and one that sure beats the price of film school).

Integrity in (wry) storytelling. That's what it's all about.

Podcast available http://screenthoughts.net/podcast/le-refuge-making-comedy-short/


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