ETE PERPETUEL – 2015-16 – Film (43min) / installation. Original language : French. English subtitles available.
FILM – (English title : Perpetual summer) Jeanne, 40 years old, is isolated in the garden of a summer house where she settled with Louis several years before, after the slaughter. Since then, her beloved has drowned swimming in the pool. Now lonely, she revives Louis’s memory practicing a dialectic game where she lends her voice and intelligence to let the confrontation of their contradictory natures reappear. Indeed Louis was an enthusiastic man willing to fight who opposed her skeptical character. As the game unfolds, the memory of Louis becomes so real that he appears under Jeanne’s eyes. Shaken, she leaves the game and lets herself drop into the pool where she experiments both the accident of her beloved and her own abandonment. After leaving the water, she sings a poem where she mourns for him going through the diversity of emotions she experimented since he passed away. During the poem, time slowly stretches until it stops. And starts again twenty years before, a few days before the accident.
INSTALLATION – The exhibition of Été perpétuel preceded the shooting of the film. Objects contributing its making were gathered : rehearsals texts sculptures photographs, and the public invited to move in the possibility of this film to come.
CREDITS – With Audrey Bonnet, Lucie Boujenah & Louis Berthélemy. Sculptures by Benjamin Graindorge. Film, music & dialogues by Romain Kronenberg. With the support of the Fondation Galeries Lafayette / Villa Bernasconi, City of Lancy, Geneva.
Film previews (2015)
Fondation Galeries Lafayette – Paris (2015)
Centre Pompidou – Paris, Nouveau Festival (2015)
Villa Bernasconi – Genève (2015)