A Few Words About Candide’s New Film

The trailer is amazing but don’t compare it to that snowboard film.

Words: Mike Rogge

I don’t give two shits (or one, for that matter) about The Art of Flight. It is my understanding that the film was Travis Rice, Brain Farm’s Curt Morgan, and Red Bull’s attempt to present snowboarding to the mainstream. For that, I commend them. Aside from buzz in the snowboard world and Justin Timberlake praising the film, I’m not sure how much it actually entered into “the mainstream.” Quite frankly, I don’t care, either.

I do, however, care about the trailer for “Few Words,” Candide Thovex’s upcoming movie. Before we dive into how incredible this film will be (watch “Candide Kamera” 1 and 2 for a sample), let’s make one thing clear:

This film will not be skiing’s version of The Art of Flight.

That’s not a knock on Brain Farm, Rice, Candide, or either film. The fact is, if you made that simile on an S.A.T., you’d be incorrect and quickly headed to a state school (editor’s note: Mike Rogge is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam). As stated above, The Art of Flight was intended to bring snowboarding into the mainstream. Skiing, however, doesn’t need that kind of exposure. If you’re a skier and you want the folks of Middle America to know who you are, film with Warren Miller Entertainment. They’ve been producing films, with and without Warren, for 62 years. If you’ve never attended a W.M.E. premiere, check it out. It doesn’t get more mainstream and Middle American than that.

That being said, I am excited about Candide’s new film. He’s a lifetime purveyor of style, one of the few icons in skiing to go by a single name, and has put everything in his life, from the defending a Freeride World Tour crown to producing bit video parts, on hold to produce this film. That’s a risky but good formula of success for any film. Getting into a staring match with a wolf in the trailer doesn’t hurt either.

In a dark Montreal restaurant last fall, I sat down with Candide, Tanner Hall, and Eric Iberg for dinner. Along with the festival organizers of IF3, we chatted the night away about the festival and ski films. As the coffee and dessert was set on the table, I felt comfortable enough to ask the master of the tail grab about his mythically rumored upcoming two-year film project.

Did it have a name? Who was behind it? Who was in it? When was it being released?

Thovex, a man of few words, smiled and stated simply, “I want it to be perfect.”

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  • Kyle Georgeson

    It is impossible to tell from the preview that this production wont be a cookie-cutter of brain farm flick with two planks and poles sprinkled on top. In fact, this teaser BEGS the question. That’s not a knock on your article, but really though, it is. How could you NOT compare this to the art of flight? It looks like the same format to me!

    That being said, I’m looking forward to seeing this flick too.

    Next time try complimenting the video with some better words. And I’d hope that you would be a little more respectful of other people’s work. Come on…..

  • Hotmann

    The only similarities between The Art of Flight and Few Words is that they both have very high production value and talented Athletes. Candide and Travis couldnt be more different as people and I think that the films will reflect this as well. I look forward to Candide shredding all terrain with a steeze that is unmatched by anyone on the face of this planet.

  • Rogge

    Kyle, you bring up valid points. However, you could make comparisons to many shred flicks with that trailer.

    1) The slow-motion is reminiscent of the TGR and MSP crew. MSP has been doing slow-motion helicopter follows since Brainfarm was in diapers.

    2) Animals – Planet Earth wants its awesome animal shots back

    I could go on and on but I won’t. My point is, let’s celebrate Candide’s work for being just that—Candide’s work and not compare everything to Art of Flight the second it comes out. When a great Hollywood flick comes out, everyone isn’t quick to say, “This is comedy’s version of The Godfather!”

  • Devin

    This certainly takes an aggresive and somewhat dismissive tone towards the Art of Flight (despite your attempt to say its not a knock on the other film makers). Pehaps the better approach is to simply view and appreciate both films for what they are and how they make us feel, not what people assume to be their underlying intentions. Having viewed both the Art and this trailer, they both look amazing and capture the beauty of the nature world, and isn’t that what its all about anyway?

  • Charles

    I get the point Mike is trying to make but I think it came out as being a bit aggressive. It also doesn’t help to reduce people from comparing both films when you premiere the teaser with such a negative slant.

    They are going to be hard not to compare. Both film’s are way larger in scope than most if not all other snow movies in the past. The brands and budget behind both have allowed the riders to film in better quality and add more creatively.

    And to Kyle’s comment, You could say that the AOF is cookie cutter in comparison to Candide’s previous shorts. At they end of the day the film style is going to look similar because the group behind the lens comes from a background of filming both snowboard and ski flicks in eurpoe. And sadly we all know most of our productions in the states are a straight rip from the creative productions from europe…

    All in all I don’t care if people compare the two films because the AOF was excellent and Candide’s movie looks equally as legit. People should just know enough not to think Candide’s movie is a rip off just because it is being released one year later.

  • Tony Pollino

    thanks for the deep analysis. sounds like dinner was boring!

  • Max Johnson

    Hey Mike,
    The Art of Flight is a brilliant film, it’s been hyped up so much that people have become bored of hearing about it. I hope this film will be a change as thats how some movies become great…because there’s no films to compare them with.

  • T.Rice

    This IS skiings art of flight. Pretty much everything you said is erroneous and your ‘understanding’ is at a kindergarden level. Snowboarding was already mainstream, so it didn’t need to be brought into the spotlight by the art of flight. The fact you even mentioned that makes it seem like you’re out of touch with snow sports in general

    The fact is that both movies have high production value, large budgets, and both have backing by Quiksilver (which is something you clearly neglected to acknowledge). Both movies are focused on a spotlight rider, with others featured. The list of similarities goes on…

    It’s not a bad thing to compare the best skiing and best snowboarding movies, so I don’t know why you have a problem with it… but you sound very ignorant and stuck up in your description. stop being in denial about the similarities

    • Snow Guy

      I don’t think this is really TRice saying this but I still like what he says. Mike Rogge sounds fairly lame in this article…oops. Candide and Simon’s film looks amazing. Cant wait to see it.

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