A Film by Pontus Lidberg
A Bel Air Media Production with Written on Water LLC and ZDF/Arte

WITH: Aurélie Dupont, Alexander Jones, Pontus Lidberg, Stina Ekblad and Leslie Caron

PRODUCED BY François Duplat, Amaury Lafarge, Pontus Lidberg and Mary Ellen Obias
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Martin Nisser FSF
EDITOR: Lars Gustafson FSK
ORIGINAL MUSIC: Stefan Levin
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS: Colour, HD, 81 minutes

SYNOPSIS
Happily married but still haunted by an unresolved love affair from her past, choreographer Alicia (Aurélie Dupont) searches through the depths of her memories to create Siren, a new dance piece about unfulfilled desire. Against the backdrop of an ageing theatre by the sea, Alicia builds a sensual and naked ensemble work that is delicately held together by the threads connecting her dancers with each other and with her. She soon finds herself fallen down the rabbit hole of her own creation, in love with the male lead dancer, Giovanni (Alexander Jones), as the siren of her fictional work slowly becomes the siren of her life. When Alicia recounts this story to Karl (Pontus Lidberg), his own story brings a new dimension to this exploration of desire and artistic creation. Written on Water is a sensual and philosophical interrogation of the permeable boundaries between fiction and reality, muse and siren and and the changeable roles we play—Odysseus, sailor, siren—in our lifelong quests for connection, love, and inspiration.

DIRECTOR'S NOTE
Much as poetry may bend or jettison the rules of grammar to achieve emotional or metaphoric effect, this film embraces the expressive ability of the body to represent qualities that fall within the realm of imagination and emotion. The permeable boundaries between the dance and the drama around it, highlight a core idea of the film: that our subjective perceptions and personal interpretations become our reality. An artist gets caught in his own work. Is he living in recreated memories from the past? The film's story of an artist creating fiction, then getting lost in it, is a metaphor for how we often live our lives. We inhabit our stories, live in our own recollection of past events and past traumas. We project ourselves upon others and then interpret these projections as a reflection of reality. This is particularly true in romantic love. When emotions are at play, rational understanding is often not enough to balance and counteract our strong drive to recreate our reality. Water as a thematic through-line gives the story a sort of magical realism, and a means to visualise these philosophical perspectives.

FRANÇOIS DUPLAT, FILMOGRAPHY (selected works)
Au revoir les enfants by Louis Malle
Reunion by Jerry Schatzber
Dr. M by Claude Chabrol
La Reine Margot by Patrice Chereau (co-producer)
The Serpent's Kiss de Philippe Rousselot (executive producer)
The Usual Suspects by Bryan Singer (executive producer)
Hard Eight by Paul Thomas Anderson (executive producer)
Raja by Jacques Doillon