_Synopsis

We are with Jan Kounen, he guides us into the Amazonian jungle to meet a healer who will lead our experience of ayahuasca. We then take the place of Jan, we see what he sees, we live his therapeutical experience. This is what now allows virtual reality, to put ourselves in the place of someone who will try, with visual means at its disposal to recreate as best he can his experience: he sees, what he hears, and especially what he feels. Indigenous knowledge, and ayahuasca, used to see the birth emotion, to see incarnate, to see take shape. 

The challenge of this film would best illustrate what others have experienced. The film aims to be the most accurate transcript attempt possible to experience the healing taking place in the heart of the Peruvian jungle.

Jan KOUNEN

Film director

  • After studying at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Nice, where he directed his first short films, Jan Kounen began work as assistant operator and director of music videos and documentaries. In 1989, he made the short film Gisèle Kérosène, crowned Grand Prix in the category of Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival. In the early 90s, Kounen worked in advertising and made two highly acclaimed short films, Vibroboy and Little Red Riding Hood, the latter seeing him work with Emmanuelle Béart. In 1996, he made his first feature film on the eccentric and violent dog breed Dobermann, starring French actor Vincent Cassel. 

    After the controversial Dobermann film, Jan Kounen traveled across Mexico and Peru, where he immersed in shaman culture and returned in 2004 with the western Blueberry, an adaptation of the famous comic strip by Jean-Michel Charlier and Jean Giraud Moebius where he gave the title role to Vincent Cassel. The same year, he continued his study of shamanism with the documentary Other Worlds. After making his film Darshan – The Embrace (2005), Kounen staged the Comedy 99 francs in 2007, a satire of the world of advertising adapted from the bestseller by Frédéric Beigbeder and produced by Jean Dujardin. After participating in the Project 8 where he campaigned to improve maternal health in the world, he made a film that captured Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky in which he depicts the connection of passion between the famous seamstress with the Russian composer. Starring Anna Mouglalis and Mads Mikkelsen the film closed the 2009 Cannes Festival.

After studying at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Nice, where he directed his first short films, Jan Kounen began work as assistant operator and director of music videos and documentaries. In 1989, he made the short film Gisèle Kérosène, crowned Grand Prix in the category of Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival. In the early 90s, Kounen worked in advertising and made two highly acclaimed short films, Vibroboy and Little Red Riding Hood, the latter seeing him work with Emmanuelle Béart. In 1996, he made his first feature film on the eccentric and violent dog breed Dobermann, starring French actor Vincent Cassel. 

After the controversial Dobermann film, Jan Kounen traveled across Mexico and Peru, where he immersed in shaman culture and returned in 2004 with the western Blueberry, an adaptation of the famous comic strip by Jean-Michel Charlier and Jean Giraud Moebius where he gave the title role to Vincent Cassel. The same year, he continued his study of shamanism with the documentary Other Worlds. After making his film Darshan – The Embrace (2005), Kounen staged the Comedy 99 francs in 2007, a satire of the world of advertising adapted from the bestseller by Frédéric Beigbeder and produced by Jean Dujardin. After participating in the Project 8 where he campaigned to improve maternal health in the world, he made a film that captured Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky in which he depicts the connection of passion between the famous seamstress with the Russian composer. Starring Anna Mouglalis and Mads Mikkelsen the film closed the 2009 Cannes Festival.

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