Camping du Lac

Camping du lac

64th TIFF: Greek Premiere

“I’d like to tell you about an odd thing that happened”: That's how the best stories begin, and that's exactly how the film by Eléonore Saintagnan sets off – a film that is as fun and playful as it is enigmatic and mysterious. In this film, Eleonore travels to the sea, but when her car breaks down, she finds herself a guest at a campsite next to a lake where, according to rumors, a mythical beast resides. Eléonore will stay there and attempt to uncover the secret life of the lake and the people surrounding it, inviting the mysteries of everyday existence to invade her life. Maintaining both the role of the protagonist and the director, Saintagnan creates a film about the joy of storytelling, how people construct narratives, and how these stories, in turn, shape our world. Her movie warmly embraces the element of surprise, in order to become one of the most delightful cinematic revelations of the year.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIFF64.

Direction: Eléonore Saintagnan
Cinematography: Michaël Capron
Editing: Julie Naas
Sound: Vincent Nouaille, Nicolas Joly
Music: Yannick Dupont
Actors: Éléonore Saintagnan, Anna Turluc’h, Jean-Benoît Ugeux, Rosemary Standley, Wayne Standley, Étienne Sibéril
Production: Michigan Films
Producers: Alice Lemaire
Co-production: Ecce Films
Co-producers: Emmanuel Chaumet
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Belgium, France
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 69'
Contact: Ecce Films
Awards/Distinctions: Special Jury Prize (Filmmakers of the Present) – Locarno IFF (2023)

Eléonore Saintagnan

Éléonore Saintagnan lives and works in Brussels. A graduate of the Le Fresnoy national studio, she makes short and medium-length films that play with the border between documentary cinema and fiction. Her work articulates notions such as belief and knowledge, craftsmanship and new technologies, history and myth, expertise and amateurism. Her films are peopled with both actors and characters playing themselves. Camping du Lac is her debut feature which awarded Special Jury Prize Ciné+ and Youth Jury Prize in the section Filmmakers of the Present at Locarno 2023.


2011 Un Film abécédaire (short)
2015 Les Bêtes sauvages (short)
2023 Camping du lac