Cinéma du Réel - International documentary film festival
Scales in the Spectrum of Space
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Scales in the Spectrum of Space

Fern Silva

2015 / U.S.A. / 7 min

i Saturday 19 March 16H00 Luminor Hôtel de Ville
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Without dialogue + debate

Shown with :
Geographies by Chaghig Arzoumanian
i Wednesday 23 March 21H00 Cinéma 2
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Without dialogue + debate

Shown with :
Geographies by Chaghig Arzoumanian
i Thursday 24 March 14H20 Luminor Hôtel de Ville
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Without dialogue

Shown with :
Geographies by Chaghig Arzoumanian

This miniature urban symphony, commissioned by the Chicago Film Archive and set to the music of jazzman Phil Cohran, interweaves footage from thirty films that render the rhythm of this vertical metropolis and its architectural patterns. The idea of editing some seventy hours of the found footage in a chronological order is immediately ruled out; time is pulverised by space – a vertical movement that descends from the galaxy towards a plane on a ship, then down to an undersea volcano, giving the emblematic Chicago skyscrapers a cosmic dimension. It only needs a woman smelling flowers in her garden to gaze up at the sky for the movement to set off again in the opposite direction, in this purely association-based visual and sound poem reminiscent of Bruce Conner’s work. For this pop collage of the city, which updates the urban rhythm using 16mm archive footage, Fern Silva has found a polysemic title: the word “scales” evokes the film’s constant dialogue between large and small dimensions, but also musical scales and the scales that fall from one’s eyes – in front of the beauty of this flow, where the human (snatches of police violence, workers on some scaffolding) is reintegrated into a much vaster perpetual movement. (Charlotte Garson)

Production : Fern Silva
Print source : Fern Silva