The strength of cinema is that it gives us access to experiences different from our own, to other gazes, other imaginaries. And with a gesture that compels us to see, filmmakers draw us into their own universe. Thus, in the words of Walter Benjamin, film can undertake an intensive penetration of reality. An undertaking that should enable us to apprehend the world without becoming mystified by the continuous flow of events. And it is perhaps because of films that disturb, jostle imaginaries, confront other desires, other aspirations, other dreams that a discontinuity emerges in this implacable unfolding of reality.
The story told by these films is not that of another world to be attained, but of our own world, differently, in a splendid gesture that desecrates the dominant systems. Amit Dutta, Antoine d’Agata, Sharon Lockhart, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Pierre Creton, Ben Russell & Ben Rivers, Luis López Carrasco and Fern Silva all chart a global cinematic movement of affirmed otherness. This group complements the retrospectives of Franssou Prenant, Olivier Zabat and Jean-Pierre Gorin. Each is resolutely pursuing their political and sensitive cinematographic path, not at the margin of cinema but heading off at a tangent.
(Programme in progress)