Excess Will Save Us (Feature)

Morgane Dziurla-Petit | Sweden/France | 2022 | 100 minutes

At Villereau, a little village of five square kilometers in the North of France, the panic button is pushed : an attack alert has been set. In the middle of the fields, army, police, firefighters, everyone comes, ready to fight the threat. But once they here, they only find some cows surprised by all the stir, and after investigation the true origin of the alert : a terrified inhabitant who confused pigeon hunt with a terrorist attack, and thought she hear « Allahu Akbar » from the screams of drunk Polish workers.

But this story, related by the villagers, is just a sample of the strangeness of Villereau. Excess Will Save Us immerses us in a both melancholic and absurd atmosphere, and lead us to ask ourselves about our own paranoias.


Director : Morgane Dziurla-Petit. Photography : Filip Lyman. Editor : Patrik Forsell. Producer : Fredrik Lange


Born in France, Morgane Dziurla-Petit studied cinema at La Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, and then film production in Cannes. She discovers even more about cinema’s world during her professional experiences at the Cannes Film Festival and Roy Andersson Filmproduktion.

In 2016, she traveled to Tokyo, shooting the art video Memories of Another I, using self generative editing.

She moved to Sweden in 2017, where she keeps on creating new narratives, moving borders between documentary and fiction. Her first short film The Day (2018) was selected by the 41st Göteborg International Film Festival and the label Eroïn. Excess Will Save Us her second short film, a documentary picturing the strange atmosphere of a little village in the North of France, Villereau was a huge success across the world playing at numerous festival and winning several festival prizes including International ‘Grand Prix’ Award at Brussels Short Film Festival 2019 (Belgium), International Grand Prix at Tous Courts Film Festival 2019 (France), Award Best french speaking short film at Festival International de films de femmes de Créteil 2019 (France), Best Short Film at Fajr International Film Festival 2019 (Iran), Best Documentary Film at Norwegian Short Film Festival (Norway), Tempo Short Award at Tempo Dokumentär Festival 2019 (Sweden), Early Bird Award at Uppsala Short Film Festival 2019 (Sweden), Best Documentary Award at Partie(s) De Campagne Festival 2019 (France), Best International Short Award at Gimli International Film Festival 2019 (Canada) and Guldbagge for best short film at the national Swedish film awards “Guldbaggen”.