Philippe Grandrieux Tribute

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The oeuvre of Grandrieux marks an advanced stage in cinema researches and represents in terms of material inventions what the films of Jean Epstein were for the 20s and the 30s or those of Philippe Garrel were for the 70s and the 80. From where does this demand stem and what new horizon does it open for the cinema? The work of Philippe Grandrieux rests on a profound conception of the image: in its aesthetic dimension the image does not show the world but show us the way that we are traversed by it, in its ethical dimension the image gives us nothing, its work is not one of appropriation and reassurance but of how to break a path towards the unknown, the unappreciated, the unbeknownst.
Thus in La vie nouvelle Grandrieux explores the unlimited empire of the unconscious starting from these altered states through which we are protected from the real: sleep, dream, sentimental constructions, idealization, denial, transfer, fantasies, delirium, plunged in incomprehensible social exchange. In order to control this opaque dimension of human experience, we must resort to different logics than those of the usual discursive economies, elaborate other descriptive and symbolic ways.
Such an exploration is not opposed neither to reason nor to logic but it encompases them in a larger psychic constellation: what would have been unreasonable and irresponsible would be to neglect what a century of Freudian analysis has taught us about the psyche and to continue to narrate small stories of action / reaction as if we knew nothing of the forces that haunt us and the mysteries that inhabit us. To measure up to the unknowable starting from what is very familiar the sensations which animate our body: since it consists of chaining and unchaining of images, cinema can take this risk.
Nicole Brenez (Translated by Maria Komninos)

Oct 2018
Thursday / 19:30


Unrest Ευρωπαϊκή Πρεμιέρα European Premiere Ντοκιμαντέρ / Documentary, Γαλλία / France, 2017, 45′, DCP, Έγχρ. / Color Με ήχο / … Read more →

Oct 2018
Thursday / 19:30


Meurtrière Μυθοπλασία / Fiction, Γαλλία / France 2015, 63 ́, DCP, Έγχρ. / Color Με ήχο / Sound (χωρίς διάλογο) … Read more →

Oct 2018
Thursday / 19:45

Despite the Night

Malgré la nuit Μυθοπλασία / Fiction, Γαλλία / France, 2008, 156′, DCP, Έγχρ. / Color Με ήχο / Sound, Γαλλικά … Read more →

Oct 2018
Friday / 17:00

It May Be that Beauty Has Strengthened Our Resolve – Masao Adachi

Il se peut que la beauté ait renforcé notre résolution – Masao Adachi Ντοκιμαντέρ / Documentary, Γαλλία / France, 2011, … Read more →

Oct 2018
Friday / 21:30


Sombre Μυθοπλασία / Fiction, Γαλλία / France, 1998, 112 ́, 35mm, Έγχρ. / Color Με ήχο / Sound, Γαλλικά / … Read more →

Oct 2018
Saturday / 22:00

A Lake

Un Lac Μυθοπλασία / Fiction, Γαλλία / France, 2008, 90 ́, 35mm, Έγχρ. / Color Με ήχο / Sound, Γαλλικά … Read more →

Oct 2018
Tuesday / 22:30

White Epilepsy

White Epilepsy Ντοκιμαντέρ / Documentary, Γαλλία / France, 2012, 68 ́, DCP, Έγχρ. / Color Με ήχο / Sound (χωρίς … Read more →

The 9th Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival is carried out in the context of “Cinephilia in the New Age II” which is funded by the European Union — European Regional Development Fund (Operational Programme ROP ATTIKI of NSRF 2014-2020). All actions are carried out under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.