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Scratch Dialogues / July 16, 2021

SCRATCH DIALOGUES #10

This online program is conceived in the form of a dialogue within our collection, with the intention of exploring possible relationships of analogy, filiation or interaction between the films.

In this edition, ride the wave!


VAGUES À COLLIOURE
by Jean-Michel Bouhours
1991 / 16mm / color / sound / 1S / 6' 00

In the summer of 1914, Collioure was a small, quiet fishing village, sheltered from the convulsions of a burning Europe. Matisse painted a curious picture Window Door in Collioure.
Homage to Collioure, wink to the cubists, reference to Matisse; offering to the wind and the sea.
The furious Tramontane sends you its rumblings in spasms in the air which has become crystalline. The sea is unleashed under the effect of the wind, that suddenly desert the various small boats; SOS for the imprudent. The big breakers make the happiness of the children on the beach.
"Nothing, this foam, virgin towards
To point out only the cup;
Such far drowns a troop
Of mermaids hand in reverse." Stéphane Mallarmé.

A new version of the film whose the original sound track has been replaced by a new music composed by Jean-Philippe Feiss was created in 2020.


MEER
by Wolfgang Lehmann & Telemach Wiesinger
2004 / 16mm / b&w / sound / 1S / 15' 00

This film poem about the sea is a visual invitation to an imaginary journey through the landscape of waves along the Atlantic coast. Or as Herman Melville writes: "Let a distracted person sink into deep dreams... And, invariably they will lead you to water... Yes, everyone knows that meditation and water are closely connected!"
The sources of inspiration for our film flow of film pictures were the "soul images" described by Melville in MOBY DICK and the rhythmic and powerful music of composer Misato Mochizuki.


TATITUDE
by Vivian Ostrovsky
2010 / Super 8mm / color-b&w / sound / 1S / 3' 40

A delightful update of Jacques Tati's classic Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot.
Seagulls squawk, waves crash and swimmers cavort in endless summer days spent on the beach.
Tatitude suggests that sand, water and sun are the basic elements in a happy, carefree life, and maybe even the secret to eternal youth.

KAIROS
by Stefano Canapa & Elisa Ribes
2016 / 35mm / b&w / sound / 1S / 11' 15

Kairos is a poetic dance film set against a Mediterranean background. Film, nature and the body are brought together to produce an interconnected material choreography.
Kairos talks about the loss of the myth of Mermaids while also evoking the odyssey of today's migrants, between exil and resistance.
For the Greeks, Kairos signifies the point where everything can happen, that point you can choose to do something or not...


Previous editions:

SCRATCH DIALOGUES #1
SCRATCH DIALOGUES #2
SCRATCH DIALOGUES #3
SCRATCH DIALOGUES #4
SCRATCH DIALOGUES #5
SCRATCH DIALOGUES #6
SCRATCH DIALOGUES #7
SCRATCH DIALOGUES #8
SCRATCH DIALOGUES #9

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