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Lionel Mougin,

Based in Paris, FRANCE

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As a child, I thought films were organic entities that just existed on their own. I believed there was no need to imagine them, write them, or make them. I thought it was enough to turn on the television or to go to the movies to make them appear spontaneously.
This singular and naive vision made this « world » a lot more intriguing.
As I got older, I started to see things differently of course, but I never forgot my first memories, the taste of adventure; my imagination, built piece by piece. So I threw myself into this world like an explorer, eager and curious.  Even today, each time I face a new project, I feel the same childish enthusiasm.


Up until 1995, I work both as a Unit production manager and as the founder/director of a theatre collective rooted in a closed factory in the Parisian suburbs.

This experience in production teaches me the bolts and knots of a film set, the importance of details, the strength of rigor. This experience in theater opens up the doors to a universe where my childish fantasy can express endlessly.
The theater is supported by the French ministry of Culture and showcases 2 plays a year for 10 years.

With actors, I learn to work on a set as a director, to support actors and direct them in their craft. This great theater experience will also welcome the meeting of African musicians and theater troupes from Zaire and Ivory Coast.

In 1996, I direct my first short film, which is picked by Charles Gassot from The Telema society.

Acclaimed by critics, this first film gives me the key to my first advertising films orders.

I direct many campaigns, such as Chevignon, Citroën, Peugeot, Axa, Dodge, Kronenbourg, Nestlé, Mercedes, Audi, Airness… while still experimenting as a short film director.

My last short “Fragments of a Still Journey” broadcasts on Canal +, Ciné +, all over Europe, Russia and Africa and is welcome to most festivals throughout the world : Barcelona, Berlin, Brooklyn, Santiago of Chile, Clermont-Ferrand, Mexico, Los Angeles, etc. The film is still distributed by International Berlin-based distributor Interfilm.

Ever since 2000, I have been writing shorts and featurettes for thematic programs aired on Canal + and Ciné +.

Dominique Besnehard, ex Artmedia agent now independent producer at “Mon Voisin Productions”, trusts me with the adaptation of Valérie Tong Cuong’s novel “Providence”.