The Image You Missed

  • Donal Foreman
  • 2018
    • Ireland
    • France
    • United States
  • 73 min
  • Colour and B&W
  • Production
  • Donal Foreman, Nicole Brenez, Philippe Grandrieux

Donal
Foreman rarely saw his father, Irish-American documentary filmmaker, Arthur MacCaig, who died in 2008. When he opens the personal archives of this Parisian by adoption, it is like one filmmaker discovering another. The Image You Missed sensitively interweaves the emotional contradictions of this man and his tireless filmed chronicles of the conflict in Northern Ireland. This narrative skein is in reality even more tightly woven, as Foreman inserts into the montage fragments of his own films shot when he was 11 years old, excerpts of poetic home movies made by his uncle in the 1960s and images he himself filmed in 2016, the year when Ireland commemorated the centenary of the Easter Rising, which was quashed in bloodshed by the British army. This immersion into his father’s films and rushes plunges the son into a personal and political questioning: MacCaig filmed through the nationalists’ prism, and clearly saw in his Irish ancestors a spirit of resistance that defied all subjection. His hour of glory came when the British authorities judged that his first documentary, The Patriot Game (1979) “prejudice[d] the Crown”. But The Image You Missed avoids the pitfall of the pious biopic. Foreman analyses how his father’s filmmaking shifts from “cinematic guerrilla to TV segment” as the peace process materialises – the missing image of the child left behind spawned other missing images. (Charlotte Garson)

  • Tuesday 27 March 2018 20H50 Cinéma 1

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  • Wednesday 28 March 2018 13H30 Petite Salle

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  • Friday 30 March 2018 16H30 Salle 300

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  • Tuesday 10 April 2018 17H00 Médiathèque de l’Alcazar (Hors les murs)

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  • Tuesday 10 April 2018 17H00 Bibliothèque Universitaire d’Avignon (Hors les murs)

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  • Thursday 31 May 2018 19H00 Maison de l’image – Vidéo les Beaux Jours (Hors les murs)

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