Monography Pierre Creton
CULTIVATING THE LAND, FILMING
If the name of this filmmaker doesn’t mean anything to you, you’ll be pleasantly surprised once you enter his cinematic world. There is a precise reason for this: Pierre Creton is an artist whose work is truly independent; he has produced his films himself from the outset, although he soon attracted the attention of critics and colleagues (evidenced by the guest appearances of Mathieu Amalric and Nicolas Klotz in his most recent film). Filmmaker, poet, but mainly farmer and cattle breeder, Pierre Creton portrays the reality that immediately surrounds him, conveying its inherent beauty. In his case, we are dealing with a genuine film artist who is absolutely free from the vices and mannerisms of the system and can thus be particularly courageous and specific in his work. The roots of his films are reminiscent of the sensitivity of other French masters such as Éric Rohmer or Alain Guiraudie, of the work of directors who love(d) their characters and their environment so much so that one can no longer be separated from the other, and who were and are so receptive to the subtle movements of the soul and the tenderness of human relationships. In the case of Creton, art and life are inseparably linked, and “living” means being open to new situations and encounters – not least in order to gain experience that may flow into an upcoming film. Because working as a filmmaker also means creating a world worth living in: a world in which one shares thoughts, desires, intentions and friendships; a world that includes farm workers as well as poets, people from far and near, residents and immigrants. Thus Creton’s cinema is – in the social meaning of the term – deeply political.
In the presence of Pierre Creton.