OFFICIAL SELECTION / INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FIDMARSEILLE 2012

World premiere

  

4 BÂTIMENTS, FACE À LA MER


Philippe ROUY

 

 

FRANCE
2012
Colour
Flux internet
47’

Original version
Japanese

Subtitles
French
Sound
Philippe Rouy
Editing
Philippe Rouy

Filmography
- 1862, 2011
- LA VOÛTE, 2010
- CHEVAL BLÊME, 2009
- HYPN, 2009
- AU FUR QUE TU PERDRAS LA VUE, 2008
- SURVISIONS, 2008
- PASSE] [PORT, 2007
- ETÁN, 2004
- BEYROUTH, LITTORAL, 2002

Three months after the March 2011 disaster in Fukushima, TEPCO, the  electric company operating the nuclear power plant, installed a livecam on  the facilities. The images, on which days and minutes add up, are available  online. Using them for sole visual material, such is the daring challenge  Philippe Rouy has taken up in 4 bâtiments, face à la mer.
  A disaster watched from a distance, its most toxic effects remaining  invisible: this is one of the paradoxes raised by those tediously poor images.  A deceptively transparent witness, the livecam mostly appears to be  guarding a dead landscape. By the sheer power of editing, Rouy turns the  images of this mechanical eye filming day and night, come rain, come wind,  into sickly beautiful spectral sequences. An impression only reinforced by  the white figures of liquidators, the faceless workers in their safety overalls,  bustling about, coming and going, like futurist zombies. Their restlessness  seems somehow pathetic in this unmanned place reclaimed by insects and  birds, especially when we get to hear off screen the arrogant builders of the  plant, by way of conclusion. Sole interlude in this desolate area: the  spontaneous, accusatory gesture of one of the liquidators. But it only  emphasises, to the point of hallucination, the post-apocalyptic atmosphere.  (NF)

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