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Nicolas Blies & Stéphane Hueber-Blies

Nicolas Blies and Stéphane Hueber-Blies (the Blies brothers) are two filmmakers and digital artists who create their work together. 
 

In 2015, they conceptualised the documentary music transmedia Soundhunters in co-production with ARTE. Soundhunters was designed to transform the world into an infinite musical instrument. The transmedia was released in 2015 in collaboration with a number of international artists including Jean Michel Jarre, Simonne Jones and Blixa Bargeld. In 2016, the Blies brothers were invited to present their work at Lincoln Center during the New York Film Festival. In 2016, the project was placed under the patronage of UNESCO.
 

In 2019, they wrote and directed their first feature-length documentary Zero Impunity about the impunity of sexual violence in wartime (Thessaloniki IFF, Annecy IFF, Moscow IFF, Mostra de Sao Paulo, Guadalajara IFF, Palm Springs IFF...). A hybrid of animation and live action, the film is considered to be one of the pioneering films of its kind, particularly for its ability to "represent the unimaginable". The Blies brothers were invited by the Annecy International Animated Film Festival to take part in the festival's traditional "Cinema Lessons" to talk about "sexual violence in animation". In 2021, the film was nominated for the Trophées Francophones du Cinéma in the "Best Documentary" category. 
 

In 2024, the Blies brothers released the digital art installation This Is My Heart, about the reconciliation of a child with his body, mixing video-mapping and connected clothing. Following Zero Impunity, here again they hybridize animation and live action. For the first time, they also use a technique akin to “Spoken Word”. Combining Stéphane’s poetic writing with Nicolas’s musical creations, they explore a fusion of words and rhythms at the service of storytelling.

The Blies brothers decided to pursue their research into Spoken word and visual hybridization in the development of their first two feature-length films, Aimer moins and Maman Sopra.

Jury

 

In 2020, the Blies brothers are members of the feature film jury section “Contrechamp” of the 44th International Animation Film Festival of Annecy. In 2018, Nicolas Blies is a member of the jury section “National Documentary” and Stéphane Hueber-Blies member and president of the section “Innovation Award” at the 31st International Festival of Audiovisual Production of Biarritz (FIPA).

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