Program: Matthieu Tondeur Discusses His Latest Short Film

Plagued by depression and isolation, a man escapes the routine of everyday life and discovers a new dimension in the short film, Program. Director Matthieu Tondeur discusses seeking out film funding, wanting to do more important work, and the challenges of working with 16mm film to shoot his latest project.


Program follows the tale of a man named Dimitri (played by Siegfried Fau) whose world has been dulled by the routine of everyday life. Following an encounter with a former co-worker (Emil Rehnberg), Dimitri is led to a Mediator (Archibald McColl) who guides him to a place where he obtains both higher wisdom and a better understanding of the self. Along the way, the film explores themes linked to depression, isolation, and symbolic resurrection.

In imaging the idea for the story, director Matthieu Tondeur took inspiration from films such as Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker (1979), Chris Marker’s La Jetée (1962), and the work of French filmmaker Jean Cocteau. And, in order to get the circa-1960s/1970s look he sought to emulate, he shot on 16mm Kodak film he imported to China from the United States. At the same time, Tondeur admits the decision to shoot on film was as much about making a statement about digital imaging and filmmaking as it was about creative aesthetics…

Read the complete article on Eastern Independent here.