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Projection / December 11, 2019

EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA, SKETCH(ES) AND PORTRAIT(S)

Screening in the presence of the filmmaker Hélèna Villovitch, followed by a discussion

By way of a joint program, Périphérie and Light Cone have composed an epilogue to the 24th edition of the festival Rencontres du cinéma documentaire, in which filmmakers from Light Cone's catalogue take on the filmed portrait, offering unique variations on the genre.

In Homage to Jean Tinguely's "Homage to New York", Robert Breer films Jean Tinguely assembling a giant 16-metre-long machine-sculpture. Built in the garden of the MoMA, the work Homage to New York announces an extraordinary happening: its public self-destruction. A portrait of the artist at work, the film also explores various camera and editing techniques that breathe life, independent and parallel, into Jean Tinguely's brilliant bricolage.

In A&B in Ontario, Hollis Frampton and Joyce Wieland seem to play cat and mouse. Companions in life, they chase each other, Bolexes in their hands, on the streets of Toronto. The desire to film the other's body, a game of hide-and-seek, tricks and dazzling shots "on the fly" - rarely has the filmmaking gesture been captured with such grace and liberty in another's net. It was only after Hollis Frampton's death and 18 years after the shooting of these rushes that Joyce Wieland edited this film, a moving and joyful double portrait of artists for whom the question of memory was central.

The Dutchman Karel Doing, who has been making films, performances and installations since the 1990s, focuses on the human face in 5 Portraits, simultaneously masking and revealing each individuality. Each of the sequences, which correspond to a length of 15 metres of film - the length allowed by the developing tank - is processed manually, leading the filmmaker to give a singular account of each person who offers his or her face up to our gaze.

Filmmaker, writer and journalist, co-founder of the Molokino group, to which Light Cone dedicated a few film screenings in the 1990s, Hélèna Villovitch says that she "arrived to cinema, above all experimental, through painting and the visual arts". After a series of short films made in the 1980s and 1990s, and others co-directed with Jan Peters - and in particular the feature film Bye Bye Tiger made in 2004 - she puts the finishing touches, in 2018, on her most recent film, Sofa, a fiction feature film, closely followed by the publication of the book Pour en finir avec mon sofa, published by Verticales.

Corinne Bopp

EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA, SKETCH(ES) AND PORTRAIT(S)

Wednesday December 11, 2019, 20:30



HOMAGE TO JEAN TINGUELY'S HOMAGE TO NEW YORK
by Robert BREER
1960 / 16mm / b&w / sound / 9' 00
A&B IN ONTARIO
by Hollis FRAMPTON & Joyce WIELAND
1984 / 16mm / b&w / sound / 16' 05
5 PORTRAITS
by Karel DOING
1995 / 16mm / color-b&w / silent / 6' 00
J'AI 20 ANS
by Hélèna VILLOVITCH
1984 / 16mm / color-b&w / silent / 4' 00
LE CERCLE DE MES RELATIONS
et J’ÉLARGIS LE CERCLE DE MES RELATIONS
by Hélèna VILLOVITCH
1990 / 16mm / color-b&w / sound and silent / 8' 00
4 PORTRAITS MIROIRS
by Hélèna VILLOVITCH
1993 / 16mm / b&w / silent / 9' 00
JE TRICOTE
by Hélèna VILLOVITCH
1995 / 16mm / color / sound / 9' 00

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