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Vetal Nagri
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Vetal Nagri

Léandre Bernard-Brunel

2017 / France / 53 min

i Tuesday 28 March 18H30 Luminor
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Original Version Subtitled in French and English + DEBATE

Shown with :
Now He’s out in Public and Everyone Can See by Natalie Bookchin
i Wednesday 29 March 17H00 Centre Wallonie Bruxelles
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Original Version Subtitled in French and English

Shown with :
Now He’s out in Public and Everyone Can See by Natalie Bookchin
i Friday 31 March 16H20 Petite Salle
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Original Version Subtitled in French and English + DEBATE

Shown with :
Now He’s out in Public and Everyone Can See by Natalie Bookchin

In the streets of Vadodara, in the State of Gujarat in India, a man drives around on a motorbike, stops and hands out a newspaper to the street craftsmen. Thumbing through this illustrated magazine – where the filmmaker and his Gujarati friend have gathered stories of local ghosts – triggers their desire to tell stories. Victims of possessions or simple witnesses, they launch into their stories without interrupting their work, like the trader who boasts about his “colours for divinities” and the “chocolate ice cream dye”. Often, a brother or cousin adds his bit, depicting with staggering topographical precision the place of the manifestations. An intermission shows two employees printing the newspaper we saw in the beginning; they check the amount of ink in the rotary press – as if the thickness of the shadows and djinn hung on its consistency. Vetal nagri intertwines the creation of a place’s atmospheres and the collection of oral tradition. In the depths of night, a young woman sometimes looms up holding out a translucent image of Goya’s Quita del Sordo, in shots as mysterious as the figures of King Vikrama and the vampire-storyteller Vetala, who inspired the film. Léandre Bernard-Brunel and his faceless narrator are unequalled when it comes to recreating a sociability on the threshold, and allowing words to circulate fluidly between the inside and outside, the quotidian and fantasy, waking and sleeping, protective spells and invocation. “No one dares enter if everything is left open...” (Charlotte Garson)

Production: Corinne Castel, Logique Nouvelle

Print source: Corinne Castel

Léandre Bernard-Brunel graduated in history and fine arts. His works lay at the intersection between cinema and visual arts. His videos have been shown at the Palais de Tokyo, the Belleville Biennale and the Geneva Contemporary Art Center. He has already shot two films in India which he produced on his own : Colorature and Phantomanchot. Both were exhibited in art galleries.