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Cinema 25: The Cinema of Jacques Perconte
Sun, 14 May 2017, 18:30 – Mon, 15 May 2017, 21:30 BST
Cinema 25: The Cinema of Jacques Perconte.
Join for a two-part programme in which the contemporary digital work of Parisian artist Jacques Perconte will be celebrated.
Please note that Cinema 25 screens out of the second floor of a residental address. Please contact the organiser should you have any questions regarding Cinema 25's venue.
Programme begins at 6:30pm on both days.
25 Hornbeam Road, Levenshulme, M19 3EN.
+44 7544 344 753
~ Jacques Perconte ~
We are overjoyed to be able to exhibit the contemporary work of digital audio-visual artist Jacques Perconte, and to host the British premiere of his new release. Jacques' work employs a rich digital archaeological method to interrogate the multi-layered existence of any environment. The technique that Jacques is at once pioneering and mastering is a technique of digital montage unparalelled in film, though the logic that this technique implicates is a logic that relates to the earliest moments of film history. These are immensely exciting works that are both pioneering new methodologies of filmmaking whilst actively redefining our understanding of the medium.
~ Programme ~
Day 1: 14th May.
Vine Journal n°2: 5min;
Ettrick: 57min 22sec;
Made over the course of several visits to the Scottish Borders by the French artist filmmaker Jacques Perconte, the film interrogates the Scottish borders unique heritage: sheep farming, fabrics, the woolen mill tradition and our unique landscapes are all rendered in an impressionistic arc of colour and movement. The path we drive leads to the heart of the Ettrick Forest, a dive into a textile world. A land where man, machinery and nature deal with a complex relationship that draws their future. Slipping through poetry, between the brutality of matter and the sublime landscape, we experience a penetrating vision that embodies the stability of our deep desire to live in peace. Spectators are aware of the impotence of our movements, and we know that nature will find its way.
~ Intermission ~
save my heart from the world: 9min 50sec;
The wind blew from the starting of the Ferry. Offshore, the swell could make the travel difficult, but that boat would split the sea and project its Mediterranean blue in the golden sky and the fire light of the setting sun in the waves. The horizon would be only sea, more than heaven, more than sea, more than heaven.
A gentle and patient travelling camera accompanies sunrise on the Père Lachaise cemetery, and by continual metamorphosis of the visual material shows a break through crossed by a chromatic life inexhaustible variations.
A film born from Léos Carax's Holy Motors, with whom I collaborated on a music of Jean-Benoît Dunckel.
Premiere of Patiras: 32min.
Day 2: 15th May.
Aprés le feu: 7min;
A few kilometres from Ajaccio, the burnt earth gives in to the weight of colour. The ground opens up and frees pictorial energies that take over the sky. I see the horizon disappear, but I keep it in my sights. The train continues on its way...
A film about the magic power of nature. A journey to the heart of impressionistic Normandy. A colorfull stroll in search of light and time.
~ Intermission ~
Arvore da vida: 10min;
From a green surface emerge the contours of a tree standing on the edge of a rain forest, the branches lightly swaying and the leaves slowly slicing traces of their movement into the endless plain. Even if in some places the surface of the image has healed, digital disintegration can cut off another piece, and this process does not cease until the tree dissolves into the uniform mist. (Frontiera cat.)
The tree of life, an almost monochromatic cycle where the dominant is not an absolute rule. Here is a tree in the forest. It is from it that life arises full of wisdom. The awakening of a simple presence for the story of a life. From one green to another, an entire cycle awaits us.
Just after landing in Madeira, a soft rain picks up as we make our way to the hotel. A very light type of rain which I'm not used to. The sky turns slowly grey over the ocean. I take out my tripod and camera right away to set them up on the balcony and start filming. I look at the sky while we unpack our luggage. I think to myself that there is really something wonderful going on outside. After a few minutes, I go outside to feel and enjoy the rain. And I watch the Deserta Grande island disappearing in the distance...
It is raining over the sea, the rain is coming from the side and gradually grower denser. The raindrops make the picture unclear. Behind the music, we constantly hear the sound of the downpour. Sometimes it relents, only to gain in strength again. The light eats a bright spot into the clouds. All of a sudden, the image cuts itself free from reality; waves are created by the picture’s disintegration into surfaces of changing hues that clear up into a blue colour that grows increasingly saturated. The rain on the soundtrack has stopped altogether.
The entire film is based on one motionless shot of the sea, behind which rises a hill and in the middle floats a boat. The tension rises with the changing autonomy of the image.
Far off the coast of Africa, Madeira emerges from the ocean. It is the vast summit of an ancient volcano. As explorers we discover the coast, dive into the virgin forest and go through its million colors in the trough of valleys bathed in magical lights. Men on the other hillside, work the land, intending to exploit its richness. They get caught in matter and get slowly erased by the wind.