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To Stay Alive - a Method by Erik Lieshout
To Stay Alive - a Method

To Stay Alive - a Method

Iggy Pop’s way of surviving as an individual in an impersonal world, based on Michel Houellebecq’s ‘To Stay Alive’, and on his own experiences in rock. Did they help each other to survive?

From his sunlit garden in Miami Iggy Pop recites Michel Houellebecq’s ‘To Stay Alive’. In France we meet Houellebecq and the people whose life stories inspired this essay, in which Iggy recognizes his own struggle as a young artist. A film of musings, interviews and dialogues, with Iggy speaking directly to the audience through Houellebecq’s words. A call to break free from our chains and to ‘go for it’.

70' / DCP / colour   

Dir.: Erik Lieshout
Prod: seriousFilm (NL)
Co-prod: AT-prod (BE), VPRO (NL)       
Sc: Erik Lieshout           
D.O.P.: Reinier van Brummelen
Completed: April 2016       
Language: French/English

Erik Lieshout:
a.o. Last Words (2010, doc), I Have No Desire To Things in the Past (1988, doc), Voyage to the End of the Night ( 1984, doc).

Ph: +31 6 2073 7277

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