FIDMARSEILLE 2003

PARALLEL SCREENS

 

DU SON À L'IMAGE

This programme of films is about sound as visual material. Sound has accompanied pictures ever since the cinema broke out of its apparent silence, but it was most often their humble servant. The purpose here is not to establish its pedigree, but rather to explore the wonderful field that it occupies when the image illustrates its evocative power.
Classical, jazz, rock, ethnic, electronic music: a wide variety of forms, styles and approaches are represented in these films. First of all, music at work with Jean-Luc Godard and his exhilarating satirical piece One plus one, which shows the construction of the Rolling Stones’ Sympathy for the Devil intercut by scenes with Black Panthers and hippies. In Peter Sulyi’s Images Cinématographiques de Bartok, sound brings silent pictures back to life.
Sound in Pictures is also about experimentation in montage where the image provides the music’s rhythm. In Viola Sonata. Dimitri Shostakovich, a previously unreleased film made in 1981, Alexander Sokourov retraces the musician’s life, starting from his last sonata. Placed in the context of a Soviet Union in the middle of the Second Word War, it is a visual musical score in which the edited presentation of archives echoes the musical dramatic art. In a short 1994 experimental piece, Johan Van der Keuken presents a musical score by Willem Breuker in pictures, using shots gleaned during his trips to Paris, Sarajevo, etc.
Sound in Pictures is also an approach to sound as material. Through performances: by Jean- Baptiste Bruand, who encloses his scream at the bottom of a hole; by Mary Beth Reed, who uses Stan Brakhage’s images to transform dots of colour into music; and by Pierre Huygues, who gives voice back to Lucie, the actress despoiled by the Disney studios in the dubbing of the French version of Snow White.
Lastly, Sound in Pictures is many other things: archive footage, multimedia performance, artists’ videos, films of live concerts, etc. Many approaches, so that, during a showing, your ears will lead your eyes.


Laurent Ghnassia 
 
BLANCHE NEIGE LUCIE
Pierre Huyghe
France, 1997, 4’
KING KONG
Peter Friedl
Germany, 2001, 5’
ONE ROOM MAN
Boris Tomschiezek
Germany, 2002, 28’
   

CUORE NAPOLITANO
Paolo Santoni
Italy, 2002, 94’ 

MOUVEMENT 2 SUR UN POLDER
Jean-Baptiste Bruand
France, 4’
ROCK MY RELIGION
Dan Graham
USA, 1982-1984, 56
   
IMAGE CINÉMATOGRAPHIQUE DE BARTÓK
Peter Sulyi
HUNGARY, 1989, 21’
ON ANIMAL LOCOMOTION
Johan van der Keuken
Netherlands, 1994, 15’
THE GARDEN PATH
Mary Beth Reed
USA, 2001, 8’
   
 ONE PLUS ONE
Jean-Luc Godard
United Kingdom, 1968, 109’
VIOLA SONATA. DIMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH
Al Tovaya Sonata. Dmitri Shostakovich
Alexandre Sokourov
RUSSIA, 1981, 80’
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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