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Victoria+Jean – Divine Love

Posted on the 23 March 2016 by Doughnutmag

Brooding Cinematic Pop Soundtracks a Budgie Romance

Divine Love is the unreleased debut album and second single of Swedish-Belgian duo Victoria+Jean. The album has been recorded during two years all over the world and all the tracks will be released one after the other with a unique film director doing its own interpretation of the group’s music.

“A soap opera from another dimension” is how filmmaker Anita Fontaine describes her short tableau for Swedish-Belgian avant-pop duo Victoria+Jean’s latest release, “Divine Love”. It follows the romantic conquests of a budgie called Smokey and its owner Lulu, played by The Tudors actor Annabelle Wallis. “I was thinking about science fiction films from the 70s and dating shows from the 80s: they both have these kind of fake sets that look like they are falling apart,” says the LA-based creative of the film’s aesthetic. The paean to lovelorn, soul-cracked desperation is taken from the group’s forthcoming debut album: “Everyone deals with love’s intensity in their own way—seeing Smokey vulnerable in her defeat reflects how slavish we are to our emotions,” they say. Fontaine previously formed half of interactive arts duo Champagne Valentine with Geoffrey Lillemon, creating visuals for the likes of Versace, Edun and Tate Modern, and also designed the the band’s logo and album sleeve. “I wanted to shoot a kind of anti-suicide film on top of the Golden Gate Bridge for it, but over time the idea sounded unbearably cheesy,” she says “Now, it simply celebrates the oddness of love.”


Director: Anita Fontaine
Music by: Victoria+Jean
Producer: Jordan Harkins
Actress: Annabelle Wallis
1st AD: Marco Bargellini
Director of Photography: Ben Goodman
Production Designer : Jordan Harkins
Art Director : Joseph Cocherell
Stylist: Melis Kuris
Hair + Make up : Carissa Ferreri
1st AC: Kyle Biermeister
2nd AC: Danny Garcia
Media Management : Brian Pelletier
Gaffer : Randy Newman
Best Boy Electric: Seva Shybkou
Lighting Tech: Fernando Morales Jr.
Key Grip: Ron Wilson
Best Boy Grip: Michael Creasy
Carpenters: Selvin Villatoro, Fernando Marroquin
Production Manager: Joey Capone
Production Assistants : Stan McGriff, Madison McKamey,
Storyboard Artist : Alex Takacs
Animal Wranglers : Joe from Benay’s Bird + Animals
Edit : Chris Kursel at Lost Planet
VFX: Anita Fontaine
Color : A52 + Anita Fontaine
Additional VFX: Ben Goodman

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