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To Exist Under Permanent Suspicion

dir. Valentin Noujaïm

short film, fiction
France / 14 minutes / 2024


Claire (Kayije Kagame), a businesswoman promoting a new skyscraper office in La Défense, faces increasing scrutiny and isolation. The cold, grey offices amplify her loneliness, driving vivid dreams of setting the tower ablaze.

Festivals & screenings

World premiere : IFFR 2024 - Tiger Shorts Competition, NL

BFMAF Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, UK

Centre Pompidou - in conversation with Alice Diop, FR

Press kit


Written and directed by Valentin Noujaïm

Production : Iliade et films - Manon Messiant

Cinematography : Alex Brack

Sound : John Flindt Hussein, Thibaut Sichet, Maxime Roy

Editing : Valentin Noujaïm

Music : Space Afrika

VFX : Nicolas Pirus

Production design: Neal Hoey

Starring : Kayije Kagame as Claire

Filmmaker's bio
Born in France in 1991

Noujaïm’s practice delves into the dynamic interplay of real and imagined lives, crafting intricate narratives that transport viewers to fantastical realms inhabited by enigmatic characters. Focusing on improvised lives, compressed lives, and extinct lives, his works serve as mirrors, reflecting the complexities of power and dominance within French society.  

Noujaïm was a resident at Artagon (Marseille), Villa Medici (Rome) and Lafayette Anticipations (Paris). Supported by funding organizations such as Doha Film Institute, AFAC – Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, CNAP – Centre National des Arts Plastiques, and CNC – Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, his works have been screened internationally, including: Centre Pompidou (Paris); CPH:DOX (Copenhagen); DocLisboa; Dokufest (Prizren, Kosovo); CNAC Magasin (Grenoble); BlackStar Film Festival (Philadelphia, USA); Festival International du cinéma de Nyon.

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