Diploma project, ECAL 2013


by Carina Freire

Teacher(s): Frédéric Mermoud, Lionel Baier


Stéphane Lambiel is a famous figure skater and a two-time world champion. Today, he goes from galas to galas on a weekly basis.

The little prince in the land that passes by draws an intimate portrait of this young man by showing the life behind the stardom status. The idea for this documentary came to me when I met Stéphane Lambiel. I was moved by the much more humble image of him that he let me see that goes beyond his glimmering branded image.

With my little camera in hand, I decided to follow him while he was on tour in Russia and east-europe while remaining in the shadows of the ice rink, in a corner of hotel rooms and cars.


« Que faire de sa vie quand on a été double champion du monde de patinage artistique et que l'on a pris, de fait, retraite à 25 ans? Carina Freire, dans Le petit prince au pays qui défile, dévoile avec pudeur et rigueur les errances de Stéphane Lambiel, un ancien champion, qui écume les galas et les shows de patinage dans le monde entier. Un film acéré, vif, parfois drôle, qui mêle avec force grâce et prosaïsme. »

Frédéric Mermoud / Réalisateur

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