NICOLAS ET BRUNO: ME TWO

We all wish for our dreams to come true, but what becomes of our nightmares? The majority of us would wish to forget them the second we wake, shoving them to the deepest caverns of our subconscious. It isn’t a common desire to turn them into realities, but for photographer Nicolas Bruno, 2nd Prize Winner of the Stocksy United Photography Award, this is exactly what his photographs consist of. After struggling with sleep paralysis for many years, Bruno decided to harness the power of his paralytic state, which he describes as “terrifying, unworldly, and ungodly”.

By Balthazar Malevolent

NICOLAS ET BRUNO: ME TWO

Nicolas and Bruno is a duo of French film directors, screenwriters, Dialogues and actors, composed of Nicolas Charlet and Bruno Lavaine, best known for their overdubbed hijacking comedies Message à caractère informatif and In Search Of The Ultra-Sex, for their feature films Me Two and The Big Bad Wolf, and their screenplay of Frédéric Beigbeder's novel 99 francs starring Jean Dujardin. They also wrote and directed the French version of Ricky Gervais' The Office and an original French version of Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement's What We Do in the Shadows.

Nicolas and Bruno began writing and directing music videos and commercials in the 1990s, including an award-winning commercial for chocolates "Daim" they wrote with Frédéric Beigbeder for Young & Rubicam.

Then they worked with French TV producer Thierry Ardisson writing the concept and creating the design of the TV channel Free One.

In 1997, they create Amour, gloire et débats d'idées, a series of sketches broadcast in Le Vrai Journal' on Canal +, in which they overdub a Venezuelan telenovela whose characters tear each other to pieces about French current political events.

In September 1998, the first Message à caractère informatif is broadcast in the famous TV show Nulle part ailleurs on Canal + : a series of 318 sketches that became cult, where the two authors-directors overdubbed 1970s executives from real corporate films. Featuring in particular Jean-Christian Ranu, Didier Leguélec and other Berthier, fictional characters of a gray and bureaucratic world, symbolized by their fetish company, the COGIP.

After collaborations with famous French actors Édouard Baer, Alain Chabat and Gérard Jugnot, they signed the film adaptation (screenplay and dialogue) of Frédéric Beigbeder's novel 99 francs and directed Le Bureau for Canal +, adapted from the British TV series The Office, starring François Berléand.

In 2007 they write and direct their first feature film, Me Two, a comedy starring Daniel Auteuil, Alain Chabat and Marina Foïs, produced by Alain Chabat (Chez Wam, released on June 18, 2008).

In October 2008, they write and direct the music-video Figures Imposed for Julien Doré, a 'super kitsch' leap somewhere between Fame and Dirty Dancing, with Catherine Deneuve, Eglantine Rembauville, Clément Sibony and Christian Morin.

In May 2009, they direct a for-profit humanitarian music-video in favor of the traders in difficulty: Save The Traders, shot with thirty real traders from international market places.

On July 7. 2009, Canal + gives them a carte blanche for an all-night show, The Night of COGIP, on the occasion of the first broadcast of their feature film, Me Two. A six-hour program live from the headquarters of COGIP, with many Message à caractère informatif, office musicals, economic telenovelas, a making of the Message à caractère informatif, exclusive lives, office dance classes, an American series, and an interview with Christophe Dejours.

On July 10, 2013 they released their second feature film for cinema as writers and directors: The Big Bad Wolf, a very personal reading of the famous traditional tale The Three Little Pigs starring Benoît Poelvoorde, Fred Testot, Kad Merad, Charlotte Le Bon, Valérie Donzelli, Zabou Breitman and Léa Drucker, produced by Eric Altmayer and Nicolas Altmayer (Mandarin Cinema).

On November 4, 2014, as part of its 30th anniversary, Canal Plus order original programs to some of its historical key figures. The channel offered Nicolas & Bruno to make a feature film about Porn, one of the cornerstones of the famous encrypted channel's heyday. They then created In Search of The Ultra-Sex a 62 minutes overdubbed mach-up movie based on the same principle as Message à caractère informatif. A hilarious comedy where the two directors perform all voices, providing editing, sound effects, etc. A film produced by Arno Moria and David Frenkel (Synecdoche Films, Paris). But the fate of the film went far beyond a special TV broadcast and met an unexpected success in France.

On November 6 and 10, 2014, they were invited by Palais de Tokyo for 2 evenings dedicated to their works. Two exceptional previews of In Search of The Ultra-Sex followed up with a Master Class before an audience of 450 people. Live overdubbing program, porn-food tasting and Q&A with the public.

On December 11, 2014, the ARP (Actors, Directors and Producers Corporation) headed by Michel Hazanavicius organizes a double special screening of Michel Hazanavicius's La Classe américaine and the new reedited version of the Ultra-Sex for theaters.

In March 2015, the Festival International du Film de Fribourg selects the film for the first time, for their Midnight Screenings. Nicolas & Bruno then extend the experience of happening around the projection, with choreography of Daft-Peunk Robot (a character of the film) and a workshop where the public can come and try dubbing extracts of the Ultra-Sex. This is the beginning of a great tour: the Ultra-Sex-Tour. Everywhere in France, theaters program the movie, Lyon (outdoors at Transborder), Amiens, Poitiers, Marseilles, Metz, Montpellier, Villeneuve d'Ascq, Gueret, Lausanne, Avignon, Dunkerque, Toulouse, etc., and the Luminor in Paris where the film is in residence every Saturday evening from June, 2015.

On June 5, 2015, a great evening event is organized around the film at the mythical The Max Linder Panorama cinema, with animation provided by the two directors, the projection of the Message à caractère informatif fake making-of, and dubbing demonstration live by the famous French porn star Tabatha Cash and dubbing French actors Patrick Poivey (Bruce Willis) Lionel Henry (Eddie Murphy) Eric Missoffe (Scooby-Doo) and Gilbert Levy (Moe The Simpsons ), in front of 650 people. The Max Linder Panorama is sold out.

On September 30, 2015 In Search Of The Ultra-Sex (subtitled version of A Research of Ultra-Sex) is projected in United States in Austin (Texas) at the famous Fantastic Fest where it has been selected, and then on October 3 at the American Cinematheque, in the famous Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, during the Beyond Fest. The film was also selected by the Ithaca International Film Festival of New York, the Grolandais International Film Festival of Toulouse, the Buttocks Film Festival of Paris (as closing film), the Bordeaux Independent International Film Festival, the Französische Filmtage Tübingen of Stuttgart and the Zinema Zombie Fest of Bogota, for exceptional midnight screenings out of competition with the intervention of the directors.

October 2015, the mythical parisian theater Studio Galande announces the programmation of In Search of the Ultra-Sex every Friday and Saturday night in residence, just before The Rocky Horror Picture Show, screened there for 35 years.

On October 30, 2015, Vampires in privacy, the French version of Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement's already cult mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows, is released in e-cinema. Wild Bunch gave Nicolas & Bruno a carte blanche for the adaptation : a completely rewritten "French Version Originale", both faithful and nuts, for which famous French actors Alexandre Astier, Fred Testot, Bruno Salomone, Julie Ferrier, Zabou Breitman and Jeremie Elkaïm join the two dubbers-authors' voices.

Nicolas & Bruno

In other news, Rick Owens Fall 2021 fashion show. On the subject of underthings, the pentagram briefs from the January men’s show reappeared here wrapped around evening clutches, the implication being that these alien females had handled the “unhinged male aggression” that those briefs signified.

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