Camping du lac

Camping du Lac

Camping du lac

Éléonore Saintagnan

OmeU, dt. UT
Audience Award

»I’d like to tell you about an odd thing that happened.« This is the opening line of Camping du lac, as narrated by the main character Éléonore Saintagnan, who is played by the director herself. This ecological parable is about the pleasures of storytelling, about capitalist greed and our relationship with nature. Éléonore’s car breaks down somewhere in Brittany and she ends up stranded at a lakeside campsite. Legend has it that a giant fish has lived there since biblical times, and that it once fed Saint Corentin. With stoic curiosity and a parabolic microphone, Éléonore investigates the secret lives of the lake and the long-term campers. Her personal diary becomes a portrait of her new eccentric neighbours – the single mother with the chicken farm and the ageing cowboy from Ohio who records unrequited messages for his daughter every day. Julie Naas’ elliptical montage removes temporality from Camping du lac, turning days into weeks and months. Saintagnan and her amateur actors move wryly between truth and tradition, between the astonishing and the improbable. As the fish becomes a tourist attraction and the lake waters become increasingly sought-after, the dreamlike atmosphere begins to unravel. Playfully but unmistakably, the finale shows us how capitalism penetrates even the remotest corners of our existence and transforms stories into commodities.

Guest: Éléonore Saintagnan

Content note

Dicerctor / Script

Éléonore Saintagnan


Michaël Capron


Julie Naas


Vincent Nouaille, Nicolas Joly


Yannick Dupont, Gaëtan Campos


Éléonore Saintagnan, Anna Turluc’h, Jean-Benoît Ugeux, Rosemary Standley, Wayne Standley, Étienne Sibéril


Michigan Films


Ecce Films


Ecce Films

Éléonore Saintagnan

Born in Paris in 1979, artist and film-maker Éléonore Saintagnan lives and works in Brussels. A graduate of Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains, she has exhibited her work in group and solo exhibitions in France and abroad and received the Montrouge Salon Curator’s Prize (2010) and the Isère Contemporary Art Prize, which included a residency in Moly-Sabata. In her films, she works primarily with amateur actors, blurring the boundaries between documentary and fiction. She is interested in such concepts as faith and knowledge, craftsmanship and new technologies, history and myth, professionalism and amateurism.

Films by Éléonore Saintagnan

Les Petites Personnes 2003 | Un film Abécédaire 2010 | Les Malchanceux 2012 | Johanna 2012 | L’esprit de la Roche 2015 | Les bêtes sauvages 2015 | Une fille d’Ouessant 2018 | La grande nouvelle 2019