Light Cone Editions presents a new book dedicated to the filmmaker Cécile Fontaine and edited by yann beauvais. The book can now be pre-ordered on our website and will be available in bookstores beginning on April 23, 2021.
Since 1982, Cécile Fontaine has made over fifty films. Her body of work is a testament to one of the most unique practices within the constellation of experimental cinema: film conceived as collage - both painterly and cinematographic. She sees cinema as a medium to be worked in a material sense, a reservoir of images taken out of their original contexts, which she manipulates and subverts according to her own formal or semantic associations.
This richly illustrated book, which includes two unpublished texts by Fontaine as well as a preface and an afterword by yann beauvais - an emblematic figure of experimental cinema in France who has greatly contributed to the discovery of Fontaine's work - is a fascinating journey into the filmmaker's universe. The two artists met in Light Cone's screening room to watch Fontaine's protean, ever-expanding filmography in chronological order. The long discussion that took place over the course of the screenings, shedding light on the creative processes and the aesthetic concerns that went into the making of each film, would become the primary material in the elaboration of this book.
The book will also be available in an enhanced eBook version on iBooks/iTunes starting on Monday, May 10, 2021. This digital edition will give readers the opportunity to go freely between viewing films and images to reading the texts.
To launch the publication, Light Cone invites you to an exhibition of Cécile Fontaine’s work in Paris which will open in May 2021. The location and the opening hours will be announced soon.
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L'Émulsion fantastique - the book
L'Émulsion fantastique at Presses du réel
Cécile Fontaine's films in the Light Cone catalog
Yann Beauvais' personal website