Mathieu Le Lay

Documentary Filmmaker | Author, Director  


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Annecy - French Alps
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Documentary filmmaker (author, director, camera operator, scriptwriter), passionates by nature and wild environment.

All my film projects are focused and based on human interaction with wildlife and natural environment.

I love challenges and surpass myself when I explore the mountains through nature's harshness. Being completely alone in such wild places makes me more connected to the world, and to myself.

The documentary film genre allows me to stage my characters playing at their own role, adopting a more intimate approach when filming on the field. I am also looking for personnal aesthetics and evocative atmosphere in my visual style and cinematography.

Inspired by…

  • Mountain, ocean, wilderness.
  • Wolves and all kind of birds of prey : eagles, falcons, giant vultures.
  • Film directors such as Terrence Malick, Sean Penn, Clint Eastwood, Gus Van Sant, Wim Wenders, Darren Aronofsky...
  • Other inspiring people including Paulo Coelho, Jack London, Kilian Jornet, Matthieu Ricard, Jack Kerouac, Christopher McCandless, Alexandre Deschaumes...
  • All music from Sigur Rós, Craig Armstrong, Ludovico Einaudi, Arvo Pärt, Gustavo Santaolalla, John Murphy, Clint Mansell...

Favorite Genres

  • Drama
  • Road Movie
  • Independent documentary

Favorite Films

  • Gerry, Paris Texas, The Motorcycle Diaries, My Own private Idaho, Into the Wild, Away We Go, A Perfect World, Rain Man, Sideways, Thelma & Louise...
  • The Tree of Life, Melancholia, Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby, Mar Adentro, The Truman Show, American Beauty, Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream, Midnight Express...