New LOUIS XIII Art Film With Solange Knowles And Guo Pei By Fred & Farid

LOUIS XIII cognac expresses its unique relation to time by paying tribute to mother earth with a simple and positive message: Believe in Time.Released today, Believe in Time, is a film with Solange Knowles in collaboration with film director Mati Diop & couture designer Guo Pei.

Time is the raw material of LOUIS XIII Cognac. Following “100 Years” – a two-part creative campaign rooted in film, and music – LOUIS XIII continues to express its unique relation to Time by paying tribute to Mother Earth in this latest project, Believe in Time, a film released today. The film is led by GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and visual artist Solange Knowles, who also composed an original piece of music for the project, in collaboration with Chinese couture designer Guo Pei, and French-Senegalese Cannes Festival’s Grand Prix winning director Mati Diop (“Atlantics”).

LOUIS XIII Cognac is delighted to collaborate with these three iconic female artists who are all changemakers in their respective fields. They worked together to bring the concept, Believe in Time, to life.  As a result, the campaign stands as a meeting point: it’s the convergence of individuals, of artistic visions, of creative fields and of cultures. 

With the announcement of the project Solange Knowles stated: “Time and space are really at the foundation of my expressions. I’m a strong believer that the space and time surrounding our work is just as important as the work itself, and world making has been a part of my practice for quite some time now. These ideas align with what is being expressed with LOUIS XIII’s creation, Believe in Time. The question of time is always in my container of consciousness while creating. In most of my own work, whether it be music, film, or sculpture, I try to give thought on how future generations will discover it; and so, to be aligned on these ideas gave me great interest in the type of projects LOUIS XIII has been creating. I’ve been a huge fan of Mati Diop’s “Atlantics”, and Guo Pei’s incredible craftsmanship and jumped at the conversations to collaborate with them. Being able to bring all of these facets of creation by composing an original musical score really brought this project to life.”

Ornamented in Guo Pei’s piece of art, and incarnated by Solange, Mother Earth is the perfect embodiment of what time is able to create over the centuries. It took more than two years for the Chinese Couture artist to imagine and create Mother Earth’s garment, sourcing the most precious fabrics, rocks and metals, and using Chinese ancestral techniques for the embroideries. 

I aim to create heirlooms to be handed down from one generation to the next. With posterity in mind, I picture my creations as eternal, and precious objects that will connect our present with the future.” – says Guo Pei.

The film – imagined and developed by award winning creative agency FRED & FARID Los Angeles – reminds us of the human being’s place in the universe, and the infinite time it takes for great things to happen. It takes the audience through the birth of the universe, the time it took for the Himalayas to be formed, the time for humans to stand up and control the use of fire, the time it took to fly and the age of the oldest tree on earth “Methuselah.” Solange’s music gives pace to this narrative.

Mati Diop and Solange Knowles spoke extensively about creating an artistic film that celebrated the process- Solange Knowles honing in on all the ways it could be interpreted sonically. The featured original track was built in real time: starting with one instrument, adding another layer, building upon all of the sonics and textures, the process building up to the larger idea that flourishes, culminates and embodies the feminine spirit of Mother Earth.

With this artistic creation, LOUIS XIII cognac reaffirms its commitment to craftsmanship, quality, beauty, and human made creations. In an accelerating, frenetic, impatient period of time where everyone is trapped in scaling up, industrializing and mass producing, LOUIS XIII strongly believes in the opposite, quality over quantity. Time over instant gratification. Slow pace over precipitation, such as Mother Earth, a perfect illustration of those values.

The Believe in Time project, from award winning creative agency FRED & FARID Los Angeles marks seven years of successful collaboration between LOUIS XIII and FRED & FARID.



Brand: Leonardo Ferracina, LOUIS XIII Executive Director

Brand: Alix de Boisset, LOUIS XIII Communication Director

Brand: Ingrid Gnanadicom, LOUIS XIII Head of Digital Communications

Brand:  Andréa Foraison, LOUIS XIII Global Communication Manager

Agency: FRED & FARID Los Angeles

Chief Creative Officers: Fred & Farid

Creative Director: Nicolas Berthier

Agency Art Director: Radouane Guissi, Bridget Callahan

Agency Junior Copywriter: Ciana Alessi

Executive Producer: Amanda Van Caneghem 

Business Director: Peter Jacobs 

Legal: Veronique Hassid, Regan McCrohon-Hoff

Production Co: DIVISION

Director: Mati Diop

Executive Producers: Laure Salgon & Jules de Chateleux

Production Service Co: TwentyfourSeven

Executive Producer: Oriol Rodriguez

Producer: Aurelie Bruneau

Production Coordinator: Marie Mezeray

DOP: Olivier Gossot

Makeup Lead: Miguel Ramos

Hair Lead: Evanie Frausto

Styling Lead: Kyle Luu

Stylist: Ana Murillas

Production Designer: Marie Lanna 

Choreographer/Movement Director: Maya Alexis 

Photographer: Renell Medranao 

BTS Video & Stills: Manuel Obadia-Wills

Head of Post production: Clémence Cuvelier 

Lead Editors: Adriana Legay, Stephane Peirrera

Supporting Editors: Roxane Faure Huet, Zoé Sassier, Elodie Fouqueau, Lola Bongiovanni

Supporting Writer: Katie Dailey 

Colorist: Arthur Paux

Fluids Filmmaker: Chris Parks 

Sound House: Kouz

Sound Producer: Grégoire Couzinier 

Sound Studio Manager: Brunot Porret 

Music Supervisor: Marine Sellem 

Office Manager: Nathalie Catanzano 

VFX & Online: Mikros MPC

Executive Producer: Fabrice Damolini

VFX Supervisor: Jeremy Wulff

VFX Producer: Benjamin Cathala

Editors Montage: Adriana Legay, Stéphane Perreira

Assistant Montage: Antoine Zimer, Chloe Charrier, Julie Rigaud

Color Grading: Arthur Paux

Assistant Color: Loic Lavaux

Concept Art: Nathan Lucas

Matte Painting: Francois Belliart, Lea Gonzales

Motion Design: Jeremy Wulff, Manon Baillet, Max Loriot

Lightning, Compositing: Marouan El Bekri, Randy Gudin, Jérôme Auliac

Asset Maker: Alex Corcoy

Flame: Sébastien Kremer

Music Composer & Score: Solange 

Beijing Shoot: 

Production Co: Beijing Eye

Executive Producer: Sasha Alderson

DOP Zhihan Zhang // Hans Zhang 

Photographer: CheYan Kim

SourceFRED & FARID Los Angeles & FAB News

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