Completed Films

The sublime Stéphane

A Film by Gérard Preszow

- Producer -

Stéphane Mandelbaum left behind him numerous and tormented pictorial works. To him drawing came as naturally as breathing and from childhood he never ceased to portray images of violence. In his frenzied search for an identity, Stéphane obsessively and repetitively committed to paper anything which came into his head. Being a jew, he used Yddish in his drawings because of its grafic qualities. He painted portraits of such disquieting and mythical figures as Pasolini, Rimbaud and Bacon. He painted larger than life images of creatures of the night, as well as a scries of self-portaits in which he représented himself as deformed and mutilated. During the final two years of his life, Stéphane was a neighbour of the director, and they met almost daily. Stéphane was murdered at the age of 25.

Product guide
43 min
16 mm

Film Crew
Director : Gérard Preszow
Cinematographer - D.O.P. : Jorge Leon
Sound : Cosmas Antoniadis
Sound Recording Mixer : Gilbert Lantin
Editor : Eva Houdova

Cobra Films

RTBF ( Carré Noir)- WIP (Liège)
BRTN ( Tekens)

With The Support
Communauté française de Belgique


Grand Prix de la région Bruxelloise du Festival Filmer à tout prix, Prix de la ville de Iasi au Festival International du film sur l'art de Lausanne,

Mention spéciale du jury présidé par Nagisa Oshima au FIPA 1994

RTBF, BRTN (Belgique), ARTE (France)

Festival (s)
Nuit du cinéma Joseph Plateau Awards, Festival des films du monde de Montréal, Rencontres de cinéma documentaire d'Amascultura Portugal 1995, Festival international de Bruxelles, Festival du film à Ankara - Turquie, Objectif Doc de Paris (France) 2005