Your attention please

A film by Benoît Labourdette (3’08s, 2011).
6 May 2011. Published by Leny Müh.

A station dock, a Flip camera on the ground, the voice-over of the stationmaster, waiting travelers, a train arriving...

A daily situation, in which I propose to “dig holes”, in the image in particular, to look for spaces and meaning. This is why the image, which seems natural, is entirely reconstructed.

“Customers” or “travelers” ?

What struck me, and decided to make this film, is the voice-over that I have picked up, the travelers we call “customers”, whereas we could call them “passengers”, “travelers”, or otherwise. These financial representations, in all human activities, strike me and hurt me, strike and hurt, I think. People are dehumanized.

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...