To Stay Alive: A Method


To Stay Alive – A Method
reż|dir Arno Hagers, Erik Lieshout, Reinier van Brummelen | NL | 2016 | 70 min
prod|pro Koert Davidse, Arnauld de Battice, Marc Thelosen scen|wr Michel Houellebecq, Erik Lieshout muz|mus Iggy Popp mon|ed Arno Hagers, Reinier van Brummelen ob|cast Michel Houellebecq, Iggy Popp dys|dis Against Gravity


In 1991, Michel Houellebecq, completely unknown at that time, published his essay “Rester vivant” (“To Stay Alive”). Back then, he was a depressed divorcee and network administrator trying his hand at poetry. He could not even have dreamt of becoming one of the world’s greatest literary stars in a few years; almost a prophet of the singles generation. This essay, a brilliant collection of advice for those “who are about to give up,” is a celebration of artistic freedom, inevitably leading to suffering and loneliness. Relatively limited in volume, the essay entranced Iggy Pop, who is the guide in the film. In his garden retreat in Miami, he relishes the juicy fragments of Houllebecq’s works.

2017 Biografilm Festival — Best Film Unipol Award, Life Tales Award

Arno Hagers – Director, film editor and sound technician. Debuted as a director (along with Lieshout and van Brummelen) with Last Worlds, an interpretation of Michel Houllebecq’s novel The Possibility of an Island.

Erik Lieshout – Director and screenwriter. Winner of the award for Short Film at 2001 Paris Independent Film Fesival for The Room (with Rutger Hauer).

Reinier van Brummelen – Director, cinematographer, and film editor. The author of the cinematography among others for Peter Greenaway’s 8½ Women, The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Nightwatching, Rembrandt’s J'Accuse, Goltzius and the Pelican Company, and Einstein in Guanajuato.

Arno Hagers, Erik Lieshout, Reinier van Brummelen
2016 Przeżyć: Metoda Houellebecqa|To Stay Alive - A Method
2016 Derniers mots|Last Words

© Festiwal Filmu i Sztuki Dwa Brzegi Kazimierz Dolny Janowiec nad Wisłą
Projekt i realizacja: Tomasz Żewłakow