IN THE NAME OF THE EARTH FILM. Guillaume Canet plays a farmer in distress in the film “In the name of the earth”. This role is inspired by the true story of the director’s father.
[Mis à jour le 23 février 2022 à 20h50] Released in cinemas in 2019, In the name of the Earth describes the plight of farmers and the way in which the agricultural world has evolved in recent years. Director Edouard Bergeon chose, for this first feature film, to draw inspiration from the true story of his father. Like the character of Guillaume Canet in the film, he was a farmer before he ended his life.
The character of Pierre in Au nom de la Terre is directly inspired by the filmmaker’s father: “The film is taken from my experience, explains Edouard Bergeon to Allociné. I come from a long line of peasants, son, and grandson of peasants, both on my mother’s and my father’s side. Christian Bergeon, my father, was set up as a farmer in 1979 with the desire and passion for the profession.
With my mother, they worked a lot so that my sister and I lived a happy youth on the farm”. He explains that he wanted to do In the name of the Earth to give a voice to his father: “It shows part of the suffering that we have experienced in silence and in the indifference of institutions and part of the extended family” adds- he at the microphone of Allociné.
Synopsis – At 25, Pierre takes over the family farm with enthusiasm. He trained in agriculture in Wyoming and has dreams in his head. He invests, enlarges the farm. The local farmers are jealous of him and think he has delusions of grandeur. Debts are piling up and Pierre is unable to turn his farm around despite hard work. His son would like to run the farm one day but Pierre knows that he will have a hard time getting things back on track. Then begins a long descent into hell for this father of two children, despite the support of his wife Claire and his family…
With Au Nom de la Terre, director Edouard Bergeon takes a look at the evolution of the agricultural world. With this first feature film, the filmmaker has decided to bring to the screen the true story of his father, himself a farmer, who ended up taking his own life. The character of Pierre, played by Guillaume Canet, is inspired by it.