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The Empire of Lights

A film by

France/South-Korea | 09/2019 | 15' | fiction

A North-Korean spy, left abandoned in South Korea for the last 20 years, suddenly receives the order to leave Seoul and his family…. He confesses to his wife his true identity. In a second, their quiet and anonymous life is destroyed. They both share their secrets to each other, and the truth behind their comforting lies-of-a-life appears.

Square Eyes - Cairo_Cinema of Tomorrow 2019
Square Eyes - Cairo_Cinema of Tomorrow 2019

Pierre-Alain Giraud


Pierre-Alain Giraud is a filmmaker, scriptwriter, DOP and editor, that lives mainly in Iceland.

He studied at the London Film School and was mentored by Darius Khondji. He directed animation music videos and films for Björk producer’s Valgeir Sigurdsson and contemporary artist Gabriela Fridriksdottir (Crepusculum for the art biennale of Lyon in 2013 and The Inner Life of a Hay Bale for the art biennale of Venice in 2015). He was editor and cinematographer of the BAFTA nominated film « Only Sound Remains » by Arash Ashtiani.

In 2011, he directed a feature documentary, Everything Everywhere All The Time, premiered at CPH:DOX Copenhagen. He shot and edited a film part of Sacrifice, a trilogy of performances by Gabriela Fridriksdottir, Ragnar Kjartansson and Matthew Barney, premiered in the spring of 2017. He is writing his first feature film Aimé, finishing a feature documentary, L’invention du quotidien and co-writes and directs a series of cartoons with Guillaume Long, A boire et à manger (La station animation, APC).


  • The Empire of Lights – 2019 – short film
  • Everything Everywhere All the Time – 2011 – feature documentary
  • A Portrait of you – 2008 – short film
Square Eyes - Director - Pierre-Alain Giraud - Square Eyes


Director: Pierre-Alain Giraud
Adaptation: Pierre-Alain Giraud, Arthur Nauzyciel and Valérie Mréjen
Original story: Kim Young-ha – L’Empire des Lumières
Producer: Antoine Viviani, Pierre-Alain Giraud, Laurence Reymond, Emanuela Righi
Co-production : National Theater Company of Korea
Cinematographer: Pierre-Alain Giraud
Sound Design: Xavier Jaquot
Sound editing: Jérôme Petit
Sound mixing: Gilles Benardeau
Editor: Pierre-Alain Giraud, Aliosha Allard
Cast: Moon So-Ri, Jee Hyun-Joon


  • Quebec City Film Festival, Canada (12 – 21 September, 2019)
    Official Selection
  • Kaohsiung Film Festival, Taiwan (10 – 27 October, 2019)
    International Short Film Competition
  • Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt (20 – 29 November, 2019)
    Cinema of Tomorrow Competition