With his first full length film (MADE IN MADAGASCAR, 2013), LOVA Nantenaina wants to represent poverty the way he experienced it as a child: a daily life where difficulties and joie de vivre are intermingled.
Born in 1977, he grew up in Antananarivo at the time when there was rationing by the Socialist regime.
An unforeseen series of events led him to leave his country in 1999 to undertake sociology and humanitarian studies in France.
In 2001, he was an association's director for a development project in Madagascar and he became aware that outside counsel was often unwelcome. Indeed, the latter is organized from the perspective of economic development rather than cultural and ancestral teaching.
"Better lose money than fihavanana", a concept that can be translated as the'harmony of relationships with people close to you'.
In 2004, he was a journalist in Antananarivo for a year, and in 2008, he obtained his Masters degree in "film directing" (with honors) at the ESAV film school in Toulouse, France.
2013 "MADE IN MADAGASCAR… WITH ALMOST NOTHING (work in progress), 77'. Selected for the "1st Final Cut" at the Mostra de Venise 2013, Venice, Italy.
2011 "Conter les feuilles", fiction, 4'30". Selected for the "Regards d'Afrique 2012" at the Clermont-Ferrand Festival and the DIASPORA Prize at the RFC d'Antananarivo 2012, selected for CinéSud 2013.
2009 "Red Heaven", fiction, 18'30". Selected at the Clermont-Ferrand Festival and CinéSud 2011. Purchased by the CIRTEF (TV5 monde).
2008 "Petits Hommes" and "L'envers du décor", documentaries, 35' and 17', selected at the Clermont Ferrand Film festival.
2008 "A 2 €uro coin in Madagascar", documentary, 6'. Special Jury Prize at a student short film festival. Selected at the following film festivals: "Expression en Corto" of Mexico 2008, Cabinet of curiosities at the "Paris Tout Court festival"2008, Cine Posible 2009 and FIFAI 2012.