OFFICIAL SELECTION / FRENCH COMPETITION   FIDMARSEILLE 2012

World premiere /competitions prize Renaud Victor and prize Marseille Espérance

   

LA NUIT REMUE

 

Bijan ANQUETIL

 

 

FRANCE
2012
Colour
Full HD
45’

Original version
Farsi, dari
Subtitles
French, english
Photography
Paul Costes
Sound
Mathieu Perrot
Montage
Alexandra Melot

Editing
G.R.E.C.

Filmography
- LES MURS ONT DES VISAGES, 2007
- IRAN, EN ATTENDANT DEMAIN, 2004

On the screen, black melts into the obscurity of night, where voices rise up - the voices of young Afghan migrants somewhere on the edge of a Paris, more guessed at than real. Bijan Anquetil plunges us into their nocturnal world, into their night, which is very much a youthful one, full of vitality, lived in and active. For this night, far from being sleepy, is stirring things up, as the title borrrowed from Henri Michaux suggests, and will not let itself be tamed.
A night that we are led to understand is also poetic and metaphorical. A night of the unclassified, of those who are invisible as far as the administration is concerned, but a rich night, lively, full of laughter, fears and desires. Anquetil gives them back their visibility, ripping them out of the world of ghosts. There is no pathos here, no horrific narrative, but the recording – no less important – of their crucial economy of survival, their obstinate determination to ‘make it’ or, quite simply, to arrive at the end of such a long journey. A night lit up by images from elsewhere, from before. Anquetil’s night shots provide an appropriate background for fragile, rudimentary images, for memories, testimony of events captured randomly during the journey with their own phones. A night shot through with rays of light, as a face looms up or a chalk map drawn on the ground. But is that not part of the promise, literally speaking, of cinema, to emerge from the depths of night through its furtive incandesence? A promise modestly balanced here by the simple hope of another day dawning. (NF)



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