Cinéma du Réel - International documentary film festival
Wayward Fronds
D.R.

Wayward Fronds

Fern Silva

2014 / U.S.A. / 13 min

i Friday 20 March 21H00 Luminor
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Without dialogue +DEBATE

Shown with :
Iec Long by João Rui Guerra da Mata, João Pedro Rodrigues
La Révolution de l’alphabet by Érik Bullot
i Sunday 22 March 13H15 Cinéma 2
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Without dialogue +DEBATE

Shown with :
Iec Long by João Rui Guerra da Mata, João Pedro Rodrigues
La Révolution de l’alphabet by Érik Bullot
i Monday 23 March 14H00 Cinéma 2
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Without dialogue

Shown with :
Iec Long by João Rui Guerra da Mata, João Pedro Rodrigues
La Révolution de l’alphabet by Érik Bullot

A small pile of bones. A snake slithering over the carpet. A mermaid, wrapped around by a net, smiling at regular intervals. A deep purple liquid on the boil. Shot with a silent 16 mm Bolex, this film mixes sound recorded in the landscape and postproduction sound. The filmmaker, whose names echo woodland flora, mixes documentary material from the Everglades park in Florida’s immense wetlands. The greenery is advancing (as the title suggests). The humidity permeates humans and the atmosphere, offering itself as a (science-)fiction-like pulp. Image and sound conspire to produce a geological story in which nature encroaches on a decrepit “civilisation”: has the mermaid escaped from a theme park that values nature by aping it? Why, in this omnipresent greenery, is the only standing wall of a crumbling façade superfluously decorated with painted… plants? Each shot, and even each movement inside the shot, may give a different view of what the eye saw previously—an eye that would do well to follow the example of the alligator’s eye, sunken into the bark-like skin. Often overused in writings about documentaries, the notion of “immersion” is stripped bare here and made all the more threatening for human race now in danger of being submerged. (Charlotte Garson)