Cinema folded

A film by Benoît Labourdette (3’53s, 2013).
2 June 2013. Published by Benoît Labourdette.

Where is cinema ? What is cinema ?

What’s going on in a movie theater ? At the beginning of the movie “The Man with a Camera” (1929), directed by Dziga Vertov, the seats are lowered to welcome the audience of the upcoming film. Here, the seats are folded, stowed on the side of the room. Cinema is folded.

The issue of the meeting between the film and the audience, which movies to viewers, is hot today for artists and audiences that we all are. The rooms are full of films, which can be good, but that are only films that meet commercial codes. And other films ? And spectators of the other films ? Of those films that assume to be works of art before being products, these films that do not make concessions to trade. Perhaps, as in time of war, cinema is retreated away somewhere, and there, in the interstices, almost invisible to operate encounters, dialogue, reinventing.

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...