Fire (white monkey)

A film by Benoît Labourdette (3’14s, 2017).
8 August 2017. Published by Benoît Labourdette.

At night, when anxiety is there, if one dares to look beyond the ashes of life, one can see an image of salvation.

Concept of vision

To see ... what is it? What is this phenomenon? Why do we see something and nothing else? Do not we see what we want to see? Is our gaze directed by the gaze of others, by what we are told to see? How can one develop one’s own freedom of vision and interpretation? How to watch a movie? What meaning? What is the difference between looking and seeing? What do we discover when we seek to see?

To see is doubtless not to be faced with an image, but to attain to what it conceals of the unknown, which suddenly appears to our consciousness, as what happens to honest clairvoyants.

To see, it is perhaps touching the Mystery.

I make short films as a painter makes paintings, usually in a lonely way, away from academic practices of making cinema. Some films are made in a very spontaneous way, others can take years to mature. I explore the meeting between the image and the world. These are experimental works, which often also tell stories...