Jean-Gabriel Périot FR The Day Has Conquered The Night 28:00 2013 They dream that they can’t move, that nobody hears them scream, that the walls move in and there’s no more air to breathe. They dream of a woman’s body with all its curves and secrets. They dream in words, songs or rap music.
The framing is as simple as possible, aiming for maximum focus; the voice-over is matter-of-fact and unemotional, completely independent. They, whose names, origins, crimes we never learn, look directly into the camera. They interact with us, the audience who are just as anonymous, talking about their most intimate fears and desires. But: they are inside and we are outside. They hope for a better future and we wonder what happened in their past. This creates a game of illusions in which director Jean-Gabriel Périot gradually intervenes more and more to release it from its rigour and make the dreams dance.
Award-winning French director Jean-Gabriel Périot, a specialist in highly original short documentaries, puts questions to eight unwilling inmates of an Orléans prison. They appear on camera in precisely placed frontal shots and confide their wildest dreams and most oppressive nightmares, allowing us to delve deep into minds altered by a life behind bars. The well-planned shots have their own rhythm and the music faithfully corresponds to the mood of the individual dreams, whose seeming absurdity aptly reflects the grueling mundanity of prison life.
pictured: Carl Sebastian Lindberg Home and Country 2013.
Jacob Podber US Vishneva, Belarus Soviet Union Poland 02:43 2013 GP/ IA
Carl Sebastian Lindberg FI Home and Country 18:41 2013 GP
Henrike Naumann DE Triangular Stories 16:45 2012 GP/IA
pictured: Jacob Podber Vishneva, Belarus Soviet Union Poland 2013.
“Vishneva, Belarus Soviet Union Poland” is grounded in the oral history testimony of a Holocaust survivor and has been deconstructed by the interviewee’s son. Unlike most oral histories that focus on the words of the interviewee, “Vishneva” uses silent images from the interview superimposed with typed memories that describe the unspoken pain borne by father and son through more than half a century.