Life damages the living
Guillaume Thomas (FR)
Life damages the living
Film -

Valerie von Sobel, 80, draped in Haute Couture and mystery. Locked up in California mountains during a global pandemic, a prodigal son tries to portray his spiritual mother.

Guillaume Thomas
Guillaume Thomas France
Promotion Marie Curie

As a young boy, Guillaume Thomas wanted to be a magician. “Magic does not exist” they told him. He didn’t agree and, armed with still and film cameras, set out to reveal the living reality of fairies. Trained in photography and video at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and at the School of Visual Arts in New York, he made his first film, Life damages the living, in 2021, during his first year at Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains. In his researches he follows the traces of what he calls “characters” (personnages), freedom-seeking individuals who affirm themselves in their multiplicity, their infinite recomposition.


2014 – 2020
École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France. Section Photo-Vidéo. Dernière année (master).

School of Visual Arts,
Échange d’un semestre en photographie, New-York, USA.

  • Interprétation: Valerie Von Sobel, Guillaume Thomas
  • Image: Guillaume Thomas
  • Montage image: Melisa Liebenthal
  • Son: Guillaume Thomas
  • Montage son: Benjamin Poilane
  • Mixage: Yannick Delmaire
  • Accompagnement artistique: Ben Russell

Production : Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains