OFFICIAL SELECTION / FRENCH COMPETITION FIDMARSEILLE 2009

World premiere

   

LE PLEIN PAYS


Antoine Boutet

 

GNCR Prize

> 2009 awards

 

FRANCE
2009
Colour
DV Cam
58’

Original version
French
Original musiC
Le plat pays (Jacques Brel)
Photography, sound, editing
Antoine Boutet

Production
Red Star Cinéma – Dard Dard Association
Avec la participation du CNC et le soutien de la SCAM (bourse Brouillon d'un Rêve), du Conseil Général du Lot, des Ateliers des Arques

Filmography
ZONE OF INITIAL DILUTION, 2006
CONSERVATION CONVERSATION, 2005
UTOPIA, 2005
PLUS OU MOINS, 2003.


 
The full country is not full, but hollow, gnawed through by tunnels and pits. Below the surface there is much to see, even to say. Who is to blame? A solitary individual that resides in a certain French forest holds the key. Sisyphus upside down for the last 30 years, digging up the ground, is burrowing down deep, decorating the rock face of his private caves with naïve etchings, personal myths, brief bestiaries. Yet this is not the crux of the matter. Antoine Boutet has not become embroiled with the yet another, Postman Cheval, even though we do see the unfortunate man dragging boulders along, or with the touchingly picturesque creations of yet another representative of primitive art, even though this expert comments on the minute details of what he has produced by the light of a miner’s lamp. He is more like the Wild Child who has grown up. What he is actually unearthing with the strength of nothing but his own legs and arms is himself, his den, his inner self, his voice, its resonance and echo – his plainsong.
The very uniqueness of the films stems from this: creating the convergence of a vocal ploy, which drags Brel off towards Artaud, with a horizon embedded in the earth. Sound is crucial, miraculous here and it is what amazes the talkative Yeti. A radio aficionado, he records what he hears on an unreliable tape-recorder, then repeats it, and re-records. His passion? Undertaking his own archeological excavations, raking over his past, in the search of his land.

Jean-Pierre Rehm

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