OFFICIAL SELECTION / FRENCH COMPETITION   FIDMARSEILLE 2012

World premiere /GNCR prize competition

   

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Nazim DJEMAÏ

 

 

FRANCE
2012
Colour
Vidéo
86’

Original version
French
Photography
Nazim Djemaï
Sound
Geneviève Carles
Editing
Geneviève Carles et Nazim Djemai

Filmography
- LA PARADE DE TAOS, 2008
- NAWNA (JE NE SAIS PAS…), 2007

We all remember Nawna (awarded a prize at FID 2007), shot in the Frozen North of the Canadian Inuits. Nazim Djemaï, tuned into the difficult task of handing things down through the generations, let the words he collected melt into a snow-covered landscape that was anything but a background. Here, once again, we have Nature, with clearly demarcated seasons this time, here once again we have words of most diverse kinds which provide the substance of his latest film. This time attention is focused on La Borde, the clinic famous for its site in the middle of the country with a castle in 40 hectares of woodland, with ponds, allotments, a greenhouse and a chicken coup. It is, however, even more well-known because of the choice made by its founder, the doctor Jean Oury, in 1953, to radically challenge psychiatric practice and also the relationships and hierarchy of access to knowledge between patients and carers.
To describe this unusual landscape, shaped as much by places as people, Nazim Djemaï simply rolls out a series of portraits, long sequences of fixed shots, with each protagonist choosing the setting, sometimes rather odd ones (such as when the young man stands next to a machine that almost drowns out his words), where he wants to express himself. Through this succession of speeches, ranging from a flood of words to silence, from patients and members of the care-team, surprise, emotion, gravity and occasionally comedy single out so clearly each of the individuals ‘facing the extreme solitude of illness’ (N. Djemaï) that the anticipated distribution of roles is turned on its head.

Jean-Pierre Rehm

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