|🏫 Education||Lycée Jean-Jaurès (Saint-Clément de Rivière)|
Cours Florent (Montpellier)
|📆 Years active||2016–present|
|🏢 Organisation||The Dream Manufactory|
Engaged as an artist, but also as a citizen, Henri Ballester-Colonna is a fervent supporter of LGBT+ visibility in film and television, notably with his latest projects DUIS. L'école de la normalité (2020) and Les lanternes de la résistance (scheduled for release in 2022).
Henri Ballester-Colonna takes theater classes at the Cours Florent in Montpellier for 3, then 4 hours a week. He also did 11 years of circus at the Zepetra school, and 3 years of junior opera in Montpellier, at the end of his primary schooling.
With his friends and the young people of the village of Saint-Vincent-de-Barbeyrargues, where he comes from, Henri Ballester-Colonna writes, films, directs, edits and produces short films on various subjects.
First short films (2017-2019)
On April 23, 2017, Henri Ballester-Colonna created the YouTube channel and the website of The Dream Manufactory, where he now puts his creations online, as well as trailers, makings-of and unpublished videos.
2017 is the young filmmaker's most prolific year; indeed, following Rizvolution, which premiered in December 2016, no less than 14 videos (including 7 films) are published on his new YouTube channel between August and September (see Filmography). At that time, some are inspired by novels for teenagers (notably those of Yves Grevet, as in L'enfant aux musiques and U4 : Lila).
DUIS. L'école de la normalité (2019-2020)
At the beginning of 2019, Henri Ballester-Colonna has already directed 14 short films; the latest to date, Ton temps, ton énergie, will be released on March 11, 2019. However, none of these previously made films last more than 20 minutes, except for L'enfant aux musiques (23 minutes). At the height of his adolescence, the young filmmaker then embarked on a larger project, DUIS. L'école de la normalité, which borrowed nearly two years from his artistic career: from spring 2019, when the screenplay was first drafted, to March 22, 2020, the day the film was released, no less than 24 months of creation and hard work were to mark the young man's artistic journey with the sole objective of bringing to life a project that was out of the ordinary for his age.
To make a 40-minute film advocating the right to identity in all its forms, Henri Ballester-Colonna renews his team in depth through castings on the website of The Dream Manufactory, and "experiments with new techniques" of filming. On August 16, 2019, he hires a composer, Dorian Pâquet, to join him in this company and his subsequent projects.
Les lanternes de la résistance (2020-present)
Since 2020 and the very good public reception of DUIS. L'école de la normalité, Henri Ballester-Colonna works on projects that are "innovative in terms of script creation". From April 2020, the young filmmaker surrounds himself with 5 people to write a script for several episodes.
The series in the making -- potentially a trilogy -- "will highlight the weaknesses of capitalism as well as the process of social fragmentation". A militant project, once again, whose characters' adventures will have to be numerous due to the number of people working on the project.
A series of 3 episodes, therefore, is supposed to be released in 2022. The end of the writing of the script is scheduled for August 2020. The castings should start in November, and end in February 2021, for a shooting scheduled for July.
On June 10, 2020, the title of the project, Les lanternes de la résistance is unveiled on Instagram and the official website of The Dream Manufactory. Five days later, the 6 screenwriters are presented: Emma G.-P., Édouard Darrousez, Romane Wicker, Nicolas Girouard and Henri Ballester-Colonna. The director also plans to rehire Dorian Pâquet as composer of the soundtrack, after DUIS. L'école de la normalité.
Henri Ballester-Colonna's films are very well-received by the local media, such as the Hérault daily Midi Libre, when they are shown in different cinemas, in Saint-Vincent-de-Barbeyrargues or more recently in Saint-Martin-de-Londres (for DUIS. L'école de la normalité). Midi Libre pays tribute in particular to Henri's intellectual maturity, which allows him to write screenplays, to conceive universes, and to organize teams of young people who are constantly different down to the smallest details.
On June 7, 2018, Henri Ballester-Colonna and Baptiste Arnaud (founder and host of the web radio station Regarde ton monde) are interviewed on France Bleu Hérault about a film they co-wrote, Queen Élisabeth, virulently denouncing the lack of communication on the serious topic of school bullying. This short film is regularly screened in their college as part of anti-bullying days.
Defining himself as someone who is committed ("or at least who tries"), Henri Ballester-Colonna invests himself through his acting and film creations, with the support of associations such as Solidarité partagée (created in January 2019 and dissolved in August 2020).
In May 2019, he co-founded the Association montpelliéraine de Jeunesse contre l'Exclusion et les Discriminations (AJED).
Henri lives in Saint-Vincent-de-Barbeyrargues, in France, and studies at the Lycée Jean-Jaurès in Saint-Clément-de-Rivière. He is fond of literary subjects.
- 2016: Rizvolution
- 2017: Journal d'un ado en crise
- 2017: La force des mots
- 2017: Le rêve d'un enfant éveillé
- 2017: Vivre ou mourir (2 episodes)
- 2017: L'enfant aux musiques
- 2017: Balade en forêt
- 2018: U4 : Lila
- 2018: Votez
- 2018: Queen Élisabeth
- 2018: Un nouvel avenir pour notre assiette
- 2018: Happy End
- 2019: Ton temps, ton énergie
- 2019: Solidarité partagée
- 2020: DUIS. L'école de la normalité
- 2018: U4 : Lila - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
- 2018: Antigone by Jean Anouilh
- 2020: adaptation of Endgame by Samuel Beckett, with Baptiste Arnaud and Élise Bauer
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