V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Partage des eaux

V' 15

Partage des eaux

Jean Claude Rousseau
F, 2014
10min, kein Dialog

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Partage des eaux

Jean Claude Rousseau
F, 2014
, 10min, kein Dialog

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Jean-Claude Rousseau
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Jean-Claude Rousseau
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Color

At first glance, Jean-Claude Rousseau’s films seem like quickly outlined sketches. They are snapshots of various situations and locations, as in this program of nine miniatures, shot in hotel rooms and parks, at the shore of a lake, and – in the longest contribution – on a restaurant terrace. Rousseau’s observations of everyday life, however, are about precision rather than contemplation. With each minute that passes, they sharpen the view of the observant and expectant outsider for a moment of surprise – be it a jump into the water or a huge crucifix.

In the presence of Jean-Claude Rousseau.

Jean-Claude Rousseau
Jean-Claude Rousseau, born in 1946 in Paris, is one of the most unconventional lone fighters in French cinema. Because he is a filmmaker who believes in the natural power of images. The rigid compositions of his films create something like a pure state, which constantly changes during the period of its viewing – like an empty and simultaneously detail-packed field. During this period the viewer is challenged to find and occupy his own position, to find his perspective in a similar way the filmmaker has found his in several places. Rousseau’s predominantly short films deal with no less than cinema per se: space, time and movement. As abstract as each of these concepts might seem taken alone, Rousseau assigns their ultimate designation as an integral whole: A person (or no-one, for that matter) moves (or does not move) within a room (or looks into another room) or an open space for a certain amount of time as you can expolore in his newest piece TERRASSE AVEC VUE. Rousseau’s films demonstrate how public places turn into private ones and yet remain strange in the course of it. They not only make beautiful discoveries, they are beautiful discoveries.

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