La Mécanique des fluides




Documentary essay. France, 2022, 38 min, color.

In 2018, an incel (i.e., an involuntary celibate) posts a suicide note on the Reddit platform with the title « America is responsible for my death. » The Mechanics of fluids is an attempt to find answers to his words. A virtual drift on the Internet in search of his digital traces that ends up being an inner journey between two connected solitudes.

Production: L’Heure d’été (Lucas Le Postec, Thibault de Gantes et Ninon Chapuis) & After Social Networks

Script and direction: Gala Hernández López

Editing: Alberto Dexeus and Gala Hernández López with the collaboration of Aleix Fernández

Animation: Claudia Martín

Sound design: Mélia Roger

Grading: Aurore Toulon

Mixing: Charli Masson

Graphics and poster: Esteve Padilla (131gd)

Project supported by the Doctoral School Science, Aesthetics and Technologies of Art (EDESTA, University of Paris 8), the EUR ArTeC and the CNC – DICRéAM.

Rights bought by France Televisions.


  • FIFIB Festival International du Film Indépendant de Bordeaux – Contrebande Competition, October 2022
  • DOK Leipzig International Film Festival – International Short Film Competition, October 2022
  • SEMINCI Valladolid – Tiempo de Historia Competition, October 2022
  • Ciné-rencontre at Cinémas Les Lobis, Blois, November 2022
  • Kasseler DOKfest, November 2022
  • Alcine Festival de Cine de Alcalá de Henares – National Short films Competition, November 2022
  • Beijing International Short Film Festival, November 2022
  • DOC. Berlin Film Festival, December 2022
  • Stuttgarter FilmWinter Festival for Expanded Media, January 2023
  • Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival, January 2023
  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, USA, February 2023



  • Grand Prix of the Contrebande Competition at FIFIB
  • Best Short Film Director of all Competitions by France Télévisions at FIFIB
  • Best Short Film of the Contrebande Competition by BrefCinema at FIFIB
  • Best Short Film of the Documentary Competition, SEMINCI
  • Best Experimental Documentary, Doc. Berlin