Display rider and horse teacher of worldwide fame,
Lorenzo displays an unrivalled performance with his 8 Lusitano horses:
standing on the back pair he has complete control of formations of 4,
6 and 8 horses at a gallop weaving through his reeds, over jumps
whilst crossing over each others tracks ..........
Lorenzo has now gone further to achieve a pure performance totally
free from any bridled control.
In the DVD we share the life of a secret and hard
working man through training sessions and rides through the Camargue
and in the sea. We discover little by little Lorenzo's inner
motivations and emotions as to to why he seeks to ride free from the
To do so, he has to summon up all his expertise as a horse teacher and
the caring trust that connects him in the strangest way to his equine
Thus from the Camargue to the UK, Stockholm to Oman,
this intimate 90 minute documentary gives us the opportunity
the quest of an extraordinary artist and horseman: Lorenzo
With his uncluttered and simple direction, Stephane
Roland reveals the caring confidence that connects Lorenzo and his
horses. This film was awarded the 2006 best documentary prize at the
Cabourg International Equestrian Film Festival and the "Stylo d'Or"
for the best Film of the Year by the French equestrian Press
Association awarded during the Equestrian Exhibition in Paris.
A few clips from the DVD
Lorenzo’s presentation video-clip
Presentation: "Best documentary" at the FESTIVAL
In 2006 the Epona Festival presented 44 documentaries (22 French
and 22 foreign ones, from 16 different countries). Once
again, the selection proved extremely hard. The organising
committee received as many as 450 films, from a total of 30
different countries, making choosing extremely difficult even
though the selection criteria have remained the same from the
start: interest and relevance of the subject, originality of the
treatment, quality of the scenario (if applicable) and beauty of
the pictures… All the countries and all the channels, therefore,
compete on a level playing field. This year, once again, the final
selection confirmed this, with high-budget and low-budget
productions ranked side by side. We have just one watchword, and
that is quality.
Over the last few years, foreign films had featured strongly in
our selection. Less so this year, not that their quality has
gone down but, simply, that French productions are of a very
high standard. The members of the jury had the extremely difficult
task of making a final selection: only one winner is admitted in
" Lorenzo, l'homme libre", Stephane ROLAND’s latest documentary,
won the best documentary prize at the 13th Epona Festival,
that took place on the 6th, 7th and 8th of October at
Cabourg (France).This festival selects and rewards the best
audiovisual productions featuring horses. The forty-four films
from different countries, selected from amongst more than 450
competition entries, spanned a host of categories including
fiction, documentaries, story coverage, news and publicity.
Every year, the jury of the Festival of Epona brings together
personalities from the worlds of
cinema, the audiovisual arts, art and sport, all passionate about
horses. This year’s jury was presided over by the famous actor,
FRANCIS HUSTER, who handed the winner the top prize, an equestrian
statue by the famous artist, Arman.
" Lorenzo, l'homme libre", Stephan ROLAND’s documentary, takes us
heart of Lorenzo’s universe. Lorenzo, a self-taught artist,
inflames audiences around the
world with his unique show of acrobatics on horseback, combining
with the sensitivity of an exceptional horse trainer. He is the
idol of young riders everywhere, unanimously acclaimed by the
international press and acknowledged by many of the world’s
greatest international riders. No doubt, Lorenzo is magical and
his talent remains a mystery. This is a very special production.
None of the scenes in the movie are set. Reality alone is in
play as Stéphane Roland, a highly creative documentary producer,
knows instinctively where and when to place his camera in order to
film what is invisible and tell the story of what is ineffable.
A film which reveals with genuine simplicity and natural
refinement the affection and trust that bind LORENZO to his
horses. As the adventure unfolds, and this documentary is
certainly an adventure, the character traits of the horses take
shape and they become the actors without any photographic stunts.
For a whole year, Stéphane ROLAND followed closely, step by step,
the creation of a new act. The originality of his approach
consisted in being there, unnoticed, and working in symbiosis with
LORENZO and his companions in order to observe and capture, but
without interfering in any way, this strong relationship between
the man and his horses.
The film was shot mainly in the Camargue, but also in Sweden and
Oman, and develops against a backdrop of grandiose landscapes,
thanks to Stephane ROLAND’s scenic talents.
This moving film takes us beyond the world of horses. It
also translates Stephane ROLAND’s love of open country (his home
country, the snow-capped Pyrenees region, is no less spacious and
wild) and his passion for “Liberty”, a thrilling concept that
permeates the entire film.
An exceptional production, awarded the best documentary of the
year prize at the Epona festival, in the face of strong
competition from top level, foreign films.