TEMPLE is a conceptual monochrome short film, following skateboarder Sammy Montano on a journey through the Balkans and its fallen monuments.
It was essential to transcribe them with respect according to our vision, to spiritualize the expression of their magnificent forms, timeless aesthetics and monumental dimensions. Confronting them with skateboarding allowed us to animate this notion of freedom and exploration.
Sammy Montano places himself as a central witness, being both the representation of this quest but also its outcome. It represents the doubt that animates each of us in the face of the unknown and this constantly renewed desire to take step in search of the answers to our deepest beliefs.
This film is a personal art project, a pure reverence and tribute to these monuments, better known as
« Spomeniks » and their legacy.
Learn more about these beautiful structures and the history of the people who built them via the Spomenik Database: spomenikdatabase.org/
Written and Directed by Pierre David & Douglas Guillot
Starring Sammy Montano
Produced by Cavalerie
Director of Photography Douglas Guillot & Pierre David
16mm Camera operator Yentl Touboul
Music Composer & Sound Designer Paul Sabin
Voice Over by Douglas Rand @ Studio 31dB
Sound Mixing by Francesco Porcellana @ Studio 31dB
Art Direction Michal Sukup
Technical Support by Vantage Paris
Thanks to Josh Barrow • Anton Myhrvold • Stéphane Quester • Marina Jego • Arsene Lefrancois • Kodak Film London
Shot on RED EPIC W w/ Hawk Anamorphic V-lite Vintage '74 x1.3 • Bolex Rex5 Super 16