Two families have removed themselves from the modern world to live in peace with nature. After a few years spent in an environment as hostile as it is wonderful, mistrust and resentment boil over. Suddenly the division of the territory is deemed unfair, and fortune seems to be angry one of the two families. One day, a barrier is put up between the two clans. War is declared. A few metres from the battlefield, children witness this world in the process of disappearing. Under the watchful eye of a production team, the tragedy is told.
Anne-Cécile Vandalem is developing the last part of her trilogy, completing the works Tristesses (Sadnesses) (2016) and Arctique (Arctic) (2018). The main topic of this research is temporal failure – how the future can no longer resonate with the promise of a better world. She approaches this theme through children, who will be the adults of this future in question. During her reflection, she discovered Clément Cogitore’s work Braguino ou la Communauté impossible (Braguino or the Impossible Community). The work, consisting of a documentary film and an exhibition, follows an exiled community in Eastern Siberia. We discover Sacha Braguine, patriarch of a family, who bears witness to life in the heart of nature. The birth of children, the gentle hostility of this wild environment and its learning. Then the arrival of the Killines (the other family) and the first conflicts that emerge.
Kingdom is an epic fable loosely inspired by the work of Clément Cogitore. It questions the issues it raises through theatrical fiction: the desire to extract oneself from the world, the dialectical relationship to nature and its resources, and a schema as old as humanity itself that never ceases to reproduce itself: the impossibility of living in peace.