Candide Thovex's highly anticipated movie project, "Few Words," premiered Saturday night in front of a packed house at Paris' historic Le Grand Rex theater, the city's largest movie theater. Nearly 3,000 attendees filled the Rex to see the film.
The night began and ended with a standing ovation for Thovex, whose ski career nearly ended in 2007 with a broken back, from which he eventually fully recovered. "The audience loved the movie, and the crowd shouted through the whole movie," said pro skier Richard Permin, who was in attendance and is also one of the skiers in the film.
"Few Words," which was shot mostly on a RED ONE camera, was filmed mainly over the last two years, but it also includes archived footage and interviews. Hiking and skiing the backcountry is, according to Thovex, an important part of the film, with helicopters and other distractions taking a back seat to nature.
Thovex, who rose to fame in 1999 when he placed fourth at Winter X Games at age 16, went on to clinch podiums and titles in Winter X SuperPipe, Slopestyle and Big Air. He also hosted his own event, the Candide Invitational, until his broken back and lengthy rehabilitation kept him off snow for nearly two years.
However, in his first season back on snow, Thovex switched over to big mountain competition and won the overall World Freeride Tour in 2010.
Since then, Thovex has concentrated on making his film, which was a two-year project. "I've always been passionate about directing, and I've been waiting for this opportunity for a long time," Thovex said.
"'Few Words' explains who Candide is and what he stands for. Standing at the premiere in Paris was a very emotional moment to all of us and a great day for European freeskiing," said Permin. "The movie gives us a great taste of what Candide has achieved, and who he has been since he was a kid: a super passionate and talented skier, who gave so much for his sport and keeps on pushing it today."
The movie will tour to other European cities next, with North American dates and locations to be released this week.