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MARC THELOSEN

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TO STAY ALIVE: A METHOD
Starring Michel Houellebecq and Iggy Pop. Directed by Erik Lieshout, Arno Hagers and Reinier Van Brummelen.

The struggling artists, many with mental problems, featured in Houellebecq's manifesto (also titled ‘To Stay Alive – A Method') and in the film, are genuine - although anonymous. As a young man, Iggy read Houellebecq's essay and recognised his own life story. A long-term fan, when the opportunity arose for Iggy to collaborate with the author, he didn't hesitate. He reads excerpts, lounging on the steps of his Miami home, talks direct to camera, and chats with Houellebecq (who also appears as a character in the film). The author describes his text as "a weak and clear signal to those on the point of giving up." The film is a surprisingly playful and stylish exploration of insanity, survival and creativity.

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