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Les  Îles resonnantes
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Les Îles resonnantes

The Resonant Islands

Juruna Mallon

2017 / Brazil, France / 41 min

i Thursday 30 March 15H30 Cinéma 2
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French original Version Subtitled in English + DEBATE

Shown with :
115 DB by Lucile Chaufour
i Friday 31 March 18H10 Cinéma 1
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French original Version Subtitled in English + DEBATE

Shown with :
115 DB by Lucile Chaufour
i Saturday 01 April 17H00 Centre Wallonie Bruxelles
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French original Version Subtitled in English

Shown with :
115 DB by Lucile Chaufour

Plunging with no voice-over into the work of Éliane Radigue, a pioneer in France of minimalist and electroacoustic music, the filmmaker invites all of us to a physical and spiritual sound experience. The first sounds could be those of an orchestra tuning up; but this initial indecisiveness serves as a bridge into the concentration that the compositions both require and produce. The film shows a violinist and cellist rehearsing with Éliane Radigue, but this is not simply a documentary on creation. It sharpens our ears. As the composer says: “The freedom to let yourself be invaded, submerged by a continuous surge of sound in which your perceptive acuity is honed as you discover a few micro-beats, there, behind, pulsations, breath”, while her utmost ability to listen comes through in a magnificent close-up on her gaze. The film’s dispositif generates the mental images that music is intended to create, proposing soundscapes that draw on the resources specific to cinema. In tune with Radigue’s stated Buddhist influence, it proposes to reach “a consciousness without a brain, like a flow that continues beyond the body” – “a subtle awareness” that imperatively needs to be seen in a film theatre. (Charlotte Garson)

Production: Cabro, Calypso

Print source: Calypso

Juruna Mallon was born in Brazil and has been living in France for a few years. He studied cinema and visual anthropology. He co-directed with Lucas Parente Satan Satie in 2015, a documentary film inspired by the writings, drawings and by the music of the composer.