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In Articulo Mortis per Diminutionem Capilis

The last moments of a woman on the verge of suicide, while, on the bright side of life, the friend at who she's addressing her last emotions, keeps on walking on the peaceful shores of Ipsie. Blond haired woman tries to imagine what may have been the last moments of this friend who - as she will know later, through a letter - committed suicide, while the black haired woman, the one who mysteriously killed herself, in last drop of life, dreams of these moments that she would have loved to live - that her friend is maybe living as she slashes her wrists - on the shores of Ipsie, each woman trying to fill the gap of space and time, the gap of otherness. Through this paradoxical recollecting process rise the voice of a man, which, like an intangible watermark, tries to write down the next chapter of a broken life...

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When we decided to shot In Articulo, Clarisse [the music composer] and I, we really wanted to investigate the way how images and music could interact in the scope of coherent art project. We though that, in many movies, the music usually plays a unrewarding part, just trying to remove the natural ambiguity of images. We did not want to use the music this typical way, that is to say as an simple emotional element aiming at clarifying the meaning of shots ; on the contrary, we wanted to find a solution to make music the leading strand of the whole narrative process. In "In Articulo, the music does not only manipulate unconscious perceptive elements ; the music IS the real conscious part of the narration while images and texts come in second. In order to reach this goal, Clarisse and I defined an operating mode that would allow the music to play a dominant part in the building process of the movie. First, I quickly shot numerous series of images, some disparate scenes, without neither a script or a screenplay. Then Clarisse freely wrote several themes based on these unarticulated raw materials. When I first heard Clarisse's works I immediately found that the rhythmic structure of her music, based on repeating echoes slowly exuding some transient harmonies, was quite similar to memories recollecting process, the memory incessantly going from one echo to another. That's why I decided to write an haunting short movie about two women, two friends, trying to catch memories of their counterpart, in the hope of filling the gap of otherness. Of course, the suicide of one of those two women acts as a turning point in the way both characters consider otherness. I also want to add that I did not shot any additional images but I only used visual materials that Clarisse saw to write her music. I also tried to edit the movie as if images and texts was spontaneously brought to my characters' consciousness - and then, given to the audience - by the music itself.
suicide memories otherness watermark paradox woman



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29 Apr – 9 May | Brussels, Belgium

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