Cyprien Gaillard (b. 1980)
Koudlam: The Eagles of Africa (2009)
Eagles of Africa, a film about nostalgia, modern-day ruins and unexpected heroes. Shot in Mexico in the spring of 2009, at the height of the swine flu panic when people were encouraged to stay at home, Gaillard took advantage of the emptiness of the cities to convey a strong sense of isolation. At the film’s climax, the hero finds himself performing in an overgrown, empty stadium, the crowd long since gone.