* IDFA Feature-Length Competition
Burning Out is literally a drama about life and death. For two years, Belgian director Jérôme le Maire followed the members of a surgical unit in one of the biggest hospitals in Paris. Constantly under severe stress, understaffed and subject to severe budget cuts, employees fight each other for resources.
Meanwhile the management imposes ever more stringent efficiency and profitability targets. All over Europe burnout has reached epidemic proportions among employees in the public and private sectors. Will we end up killing ourselves? Or will we be able to find meaning and joy at work?
All my films came from my passion for humans. Burning out is the gripping story of a global epidemic: the sadly famous burn-out.
Three years ago I attended a conference about the burn-out syndrome in the prestigious Saint-Louis hospital in Paris. I was shocked when I realized that the conference was not to help the patients but to help the doctors, to help the doctors themselves. I felt the conference was like an S.O.S. I introduced myself to a doctor, I told her I wanted to make a film about the burn-out. Luckily she saw me as someone who could help them. She was my “access” to the hospital. She would become one of my protagonists. The one who wants to stop the fire from inside.
After each screening of the film I’m meeting people who tells me that this is exactly what is going on in their company and that they recognize it all from their own lives. Unfortunately it seems like this situation at the French hospital is more the rule rather than exception. Our modern world has transformed hospitals into health factories and patients into objects.
Efficiency, productivity, performance has become the mantra everywhere for the managers. For decades we have known what is happening if we are stressing animals … they will eat each other. But what happens when we stress people?
- Jérôme LE MAIRE
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Director Jérôme LE MAIRE
After studying Journalism at the Brussels University and then filmmaking at IAD in Belgium in 1995, JÉRÔME LE MAIRE directed several short fiction films. In 2003 he made a feature length documentary « VOLTER NE M’INTÉRESSE PAS ».
In 2006, when he was living in a small palmgroove in Morocco, he directed « WHERE IS LOVE IN THE PALGROOVE? ». This feature documentary was selected in a lot of international film festivals such as Vision du Réel (Nyon, Switzerland), RIDM (Canada), Parnü Film Festival (Estonia), Festival des quatre écrans (France),… This film was also nominated to the European Films Awards.
In 2012, Jerome directed « TEA OR ELECTRICITY », a feature documentary that won about thirty awards. The most famous were : Magritte of best documentary (Belgium), Best Film Award and Public Award at the Fidadoc (Agadir, Morocco), Prix du meilleur documentaire de la Scam ; Special Jury Award to the Primed Festival ; Golden FIFOG to the Intl Oriental Film Festival of Geneva (Swiss) ; Best Film Award to Dokufest (Kosovo) ; Best Film on Indigenous People at Parnü Film Festival (Estonia),… This film was also nominated at the European Films Awards best documentary.
In 2013, Jerome directed a feature narative film « THE BIG TRIP ». This film won the award of Best Film at the famous « Festival du film Grolandais » (France), and was selected in severals international film festivals : International Film Festival of Rotterdam (Holland) ; International Film Festival of Cannes (section ACID) ; International Film Festival of Belfort (France) ; and many others film festivals in France. This film was released in Belgium and in France.
1994 – Best wishes – 8’ fiction
1995 – Greatings – 12’ fiction
2001 – Belgian summer – 8 x 26’ docu-soap
2002 – Under the mask – 52’ documentary
2003 – One day one life – 63’ feature documentary
2007 – Where is love in the palgroove? – 52’ & 85’ feature documentary
2012 – Tea or electricity – 93’ feature documentary
2013 – The big trip – 105’ feature fiction