Morgan Simon
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Selected for Cannes Cinefondation Atelier, 'Ink' in now in post

Young French helmer Morgan Simon competes in the online My French Film Festival with ” Try to Die Young,”

His fourth short, it turns on a father and son’s conflictive relationship that hardens over one birthday night where they end competing for the same girl.

Pic “turns on a verified fact: Birthday nights turn often into nightmares. It’s the day you measure how people love you. The more you grow up, the more they disappoint. The film explores a harmful situation with someone you care about with all these things you never said. It’s the night where things go too far and about how you try to extricate yourself,” Simon told Variety.

A Paris La Femis film school alum, where he studied screenwriting, he describes the cinema he aims to make as “free and open-hearted.” Simon has just finished the shoot of his feature debut “A Taste of Ink” (“Compte tes blessures”). Painting some issues in “Die” on a larger canvas, “Ink” is a new father-and-son story with a woman who comes between them, plunges the spectator into Paris’ alternative rock scene.

A Paris-set youth drama, “Ink” nabbed the 2014 Prix Junior Screenplay Grand Jury Prize and was selected for Cannes Festival’s 2015 Cinefondation Atelier, a co-production forum for up-and-coming talent. Project was put through the Jerusalem International Film Lab and backed by the Beaumarchais-SACD organization.

“Ink” casts includes Kévin Azaïs, who shot to fame with Thomas Cailley’s “Love at First Fight,” Monia Chokri, who appeared in Xavier Dolan’s “Love, Imagined.” and Nathan Willcocks and Julien Krug, both starring in “Die.”

Produced by Kazak Productions, which backed Clement Cogitore’s “The Wakhan Front,” “Ink’s” international sales are handled by Pape Boye and Violaine Pichon’s Versatile Films, which has scored with Santiago Mitre’s “Paulina.”

My French Film Festival features ten French features and ten French shorts that can be seen from January 18 to February on online platforms worldwide. Online fest is organized by Paris-based promo org UniFrance.

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