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Je ne me souviens de rien
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Je ne me souviens de rien

I Remember Nothing

Diane Sara Bouzgarrou

2017 / France / 59 min

i Tuesday 28 March 17H00 Centre Wallonie Bruxelles
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French original Version Subtitled in English

Shown with :
The Brick House by Eliane Esther Bots
i Friday 31 March 21H00 Cinéma 2
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French original Version Subtitled in English + DEBATE

Shown with :
The Brick House by Eliane Esther Bots

“December 2010: the revolution breaks out in Tunisia, my father’s country of birth. The Tunisians’ furious cries converge oddly with those that have been unleashed inside me for several weeks. Suffering from bipolar disorder, I am going through a manic episode so intense that it leaves me almost totally amnesic.” I Remember Nothing, described by its author as “a found footage film, a film of archives”, works against its title: even during the period now inaccessible to her memory, Diane Sara Bouzgarrou filmed, drew and took photos. With no shred of shame, she is compelled to give form to this material and meaning to the event – yet the reconstitution immediately smacks of voluntarism. “Bipolar, bisexual, binational”, as the filmmaker proudly defines herself during a manic episode, with a desire for ubiquity that could be disquieting. Yet, this chronicle of a bipolar person’s life does not simply offer us a self-portrait full of holes. Its most poignant moments involve the delicate role assumed by her entourage, parents or partner, who are endlessly seeking to find the right distance: “I hope you aren’t too happy!” To their loved one, who asks them to tell her what she has forgotten, they give snippets of a story whose factual modesty hides an emotional epic. (Charlotte Garson)

Production / Print source: DOCKS 66, Ubuntu culture

Diane Sara Bouzgarrou lives and works between Lille and Paris. Beside her works as a filmmaker, she has been exploring the field of contemporary art for some years. Her films feed on all her projects and lay at the crossroads of various genres (documentary, fiction, experimental film). Among them was Quand je serai grande, je serai footballeur (2012), a film diary shot over two years.