The Big Picture

The only journey is the one within. Mandorla explores a man's search for a meaningful life despite conflicts between his inner and outer worlds.  Ernesto is a visual artist and seeker stuck in a corporate job, who is drawn by dark magical visions to a medieval French city. There he seeks an elusive banker to help him unlock an obscure dream that threatens his job, family, and sanity.  

MANDORLA TRAILER:

vimeo.com/132865030

 

FULL FILM BRIEF HERE

Monday
Oct172016

A Fantastic Tour de France, Worldwide Distribution Ahead, Paris Screening October 19!

Mandorla’s national release in France began with a première on September 8 in Lyon, the magical city of secrets, where our production began. Advanced press in Le Progrès, LyonPlus, and even a mention on French TV3's Le Pitch Cinéma and national media, did a lot to help build an audience that held Mandorla over at Lyon’s Cinema Opera and then Le Cinema for FOUR WEEKS!!!

    UPDATE Mandorla Paris screening
    set for 19 October, 21h:
    Espace Municipal Jean Vilar
    1, rue Paul Signac 94110 Arcueil
    RER B, Gare D'arcueil Cachan
    website

Thanks to the enthusiastic support from our French distributor, Jonathan Musset of Wayna Pitch, we road-tripped from Lyon to Sain-Bel, Paris, Belleville, Macon, Nantes, Brittany, Pornic, Civray, and Zûrich. We saw how deeply Mandorla’s story resonated with audiences, and how vital it is to realize one's dream.

We had some unexpected adventures along the way as well. One was arriving at the tiny train station of Belleville. We were two of the three people who got off the train. Nobody else was around and something did not feel right. Liz called our host who was to meet us and asked where she was?

The host, Marie-Françoise, said, “I’m in the parking lot, where are you?”

The parking lot was completely empty. Liz said, “Um, we’re standing next to the station… we’re the only ones here.”

Marie-Françoise said, “What do you mean, sixty people got off that train!”

At this point we began to wonder if we had entered a different dimension, and we had a good laugh, Marie-Françoise included.

It became clear that we were in the 'wrong' Belleville. The one we were expected at, Belleville-sur-Sâone, was 300km south. We took the next train back to Nancy, where I rented a car and drove us south like mad.

We pulled up to the cinema just as the end credits started to roll…. We entered as the audience applauded and we all engaged in some lively questions and answers.  

In Zurich at the RiffRaff Cinema's Cafe and Bar. A great place to chill after the screening and talk with friends.We finished the night with a lovely home cooked meal in Marie-Françoise's home. All now a great memory.

Time and again, people we had never met opened their minds and hearts to the film, and their homes to us. We enjoyed conversations long into the night in cinema lobbies and people’s homes.

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS

LYON
Jonathan, Frédéric, Sandrine & Vincent, Patrick
Jean-Yves & Fabienne, Vincent & Daphné
Alain, Johanna

SAIN-BEL
Serge & Frédérique

BELLEVILLE
Marie-Françoise

MÂCON
Pascal & Lucinda, Erna, Armelle

PARIS
Océane

ARTHURIAN CENTRE - BROCELIANDE
Nicolas & Bruno

PORNIC & NANTES
Jonathan & Fanny

CIVRAY
Christelle, Alain & Christine, Margot or was it Manon?

ZURICH
Pablo, Peter & Muriel, Andreas, Monika, Christoph
Pascal & Vanessa

For us, connecting with audiences in this way is absolutely priceless, and is clearly why Mandorla wanted to be made.

And for those of you who have not yet seen Mandorla, a deal is in progress to stream it into homes around the world soon! More on that in the next blog!

Onward!

Roberto

 

Liz, Roberto and Jonathan Musset, our distributor

Tuesday
Sep202016

First France then Switzerland!

Our screenings in France are going super well, we had fantastic receptions by audiences in Lyon and Sain-Bel, and we look forward to upcoming ones in Belleville and then in Pornic, Civray, and Paris. All details can/will be seen on Allocine.

We are also very much looking forward to our special Swiss Première in Zurich at the famous Riffraff Kino on Oct 2 at 18h30 (6:30PM). Tickets have just started to go on sale here at Eventbrite. Please forward this to anyone in Zurich who may want to see the film!

Onward!

Roberto

Tuesday
Sep062016

Mandorla's national release in france begins !

Very, very pleased to announce that Mandorla begins its Sortie Nationale in Lyon at the Cinema Opera on 8 Sept. at 19:30h (7:30PM)! I will be there along with Liz (Producer, Art Director+) to present the film and answer questions afterward. We hope to see you at one of the theaters!

After settling in for a week of screenings week in Lyon (see Facebook album), we will then tour with Mandorla to cinemas in Sain-Bel, Belleville, Pornic, Jard sur Mer, Bressieux, and at last Paris. Information for all screenings (called, séances, interestingly enough) in France can be viewed here on Allocine.fr once they come on-line.

 

Meanwhile, a giant poster is up at the Opera Cinema and our fabulous French distributor, Jonathan Musset at Wayna Pitch, has lined up interviews for us. The first one went well with Le Progrès, except that maybe we should have spelled the name of the film. Hopefully that will be fixed by the time you read this. ;-)

A very pleasant surprize came with a mention of Mandorla at the end of France 3 TV's Le Pitch Cinema. We think they save the best for last. Le Pitch confirmed this by giving us a little love on Facebook.

Next month on October 2 we will be screening Mandorla in Zurich, Switzerland at the Riffraff Cinema (love the name and cinema too). More details about tickets for that screening shortly!

What is most important to us, of course, is that Mandorla's story reaches and affects audiences.

En Avant !

Roberto

 

Tuesday
Aug302016

October 19 could be Tulsa Time!

At least it will be Tulsa Time for Mandorla we sell enough tickets in advance to lock-in our screening at the fabulous Circle Cinema.

So if you're in Tulsa, or elsewhere in the great state of Oklahoma, and want to see Mandorla on the screen there, it's time, my friends, to make it happen!

https://www.tugg.com/events/mandorla-8hof

Friday
Aug192016

Great screening in Googleville!

Thanks to our host Craig Lawson, we had a great screening at Google yesterday with a very thoughtful and engaging audience there... We discussed everything from the film from Alan Watts to Persian poets (going beyond our references to Rumi).

Most touching for me was one quiet person who watched the film, sat through the Q&A, and then,  at the end when most people had left the theater, raised his hand and said, "Your film touched me. Personally. Very much."  

I don't know his name, and I will probably never see him again. However, I will never forget this moment, and others like them. At every screening about one-third of the audience will wonder what this film was about. Another third will feel there is something there beneath the surface and want to see it again. And there is somebody who wholly feels it, as if it was made for them, that it was about their life. That, for me personally, this is why Mandorla demanded to be made, and now wants to be seen.

Onward,
-Roberto