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Biography

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Mikaël Ivan Roost has always been fascinated by the theme of the transformation of a being. In his work, he likes to examine the circumstances of life and encounters that can alter a character's perception and thought, while seeking to understand how these can shape a destiny.

Drawing, painting and photography influenced the work of Mikaël Ivan Roost, before he chose cinema as his first means of expression at the age of 18, then a student at a Geneva High School (Switzerland), in artistic section.

Trained at the London Film School between 1995 and 1997, Mikaël co-wrote, produced and directed More Than Dreams in 1997 at 23, a first independent feature film, with the help of a young English actor and comrades from the film school. Selected out of competition at the Locarno International Film Festival in 1998, the feature film was broadcast on Swiss TV in 2000.

After some time at the Vancouver Film School to learn the basics of classical and digital animation between 2001 and 2002, and once the short film A night in the sky was completed, Mikaël writes and directs Shadow of a Fire in 2006, a return to live-action via an intimate medium-length film produced by Pandora films and Swiss TV. The film makes its way into international festivals between 2008 and 2009.

In 2010, Mikaël is hired by SAE Institute Geneva, a multimedia college where he starts giving some classes while being a supervisor, before becoming the coordinator of the Digital Film Production course. In 2012, Mikaël shoots Unveiled, an experimental short film which turns out to be a fictional portrait of a real painter. At the end of 2014 Mikaël continues to collaborate with SAE Institute Genève, but as an external teacher, in order to devote himself to his film projects.

In 2016, Mikaël creates Parallaxe films, the production company with which he produces and directs Enfin, a first music video made with the aesthetics of film noir in mind. During summer 2016, Mikaël starts coproducing Balls, a low budget independent feature film shot in London by Yann Toderi. Mikaël writes and directs Five that same summer, a first colorful short film about childhood and the transition to adulthood, awarded Best Original Screenplay of a Foreign Language Short Film at the London International Filmmaker Festival early 2018.

In 2017, Mikaël starts producing and directing Love in Progress, a web-series with a light tone which comes out in October 2018 on YouTube. In 11 short episodes, the mini-series recounts the sentimental wanderings of Camillio, a soon to be 16 years old teenager.
In summer 2019 Mikaël and his team shoot Love in Progress season 2 , which relates two years later, through an ensemble film in 7 parts, the summer adventures of 7 friends, including the hero of season 1, now all adults and on vacation on the French Riviera... Season 2 is released in early May 2020 on YouTube.

INTERVIEW FROM FEBRUARY 2018 AT THE LONDON FILMMAKER FESTIVAL