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Erik Lieshout

To Stay Alive: A Method

The Netherlands, Belgium 2016

In English and French with English subtitles

70 min

For all audiences


From his sundrenched garden in Miami, Iggy Pop reads from Michel Houellebecq's "To Stay Alive." In 1991, Houellebecq wrote this thought-provoking essay on insanity, survival and art, describing it as "a weak but clear signal to those on the point of giving up." Houellebecq urges poets who are weary of life to "return to the origin; that is, to suffering." A poet should put his finger on society's wounds and press down hard, he says. "Be abject, and you will be true." Director Erik Lieshout an co-directors Arno Hagers and Reinier van Brummelen film Houellebecq in his grandparents' kitchen and visit the people with psychiatric disorders whose life stories inspired the essay. Reading the work, Iggy Pop immediately recognized his own struggle as a young artist, when he too was close to insanity. Pop speaks to us directly through Houellebecq's defiant, impassioned words, which call on us to break our chains and go on the attack, even if solitude is the price we pay for it.
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Director: Erik Lieshout

Erik Lieshout (born in 1961) is a Dutch director of films and commercials. In 2008, he directed Michel Houellebecq’s Last Words. His latest film To Stay Alive: A Method (2016) premiered in 2016 IDFA in Amsterdam.


Screenplay: Michel Houellebecqin based on a text Rester vivant: méthode (1991) by Erik Lieshout
Cast: Iggy Pop, Michel Houellebecq
Production:  Marc Thelosen / seriousFilm
Sales: Cat&Docs

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