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Les Guerriers de la Beauté

Date: 2010-06-28
Hour: 17:00
Normal price: admission free
Duration: 1h 10
Venue: Poznań Archaeological Museum , audiovisual room


Pierre Coulibeuf (born 1949) is a French film director and visual artist. His focus is on experiments on the borderline of disciplines, as well as the redefinition of the movie genre and the ways of showing images in movement. In his works he often undermines the representations of reality and the dominating role of realism. Duality, simulacrum, metamorphosis, labyrinth and fiction vs. reality hold much more potential and meaning. Pierre Coulibeuf has created movie pieces inspired by the works of artists and thinkers like Pierre Klossowski, Marina Abramovic, Jan Fabre and Meg Stuart. He has shown them at numerous film festivals worldwide.

Les Guerriers de la Beauté

The film (inspired by Jan Fabre’s choreographic and theatrical creations) is a labyrinth with multiple entrances, where an unlikely Ariadne in a wedding gown ("the demon of passage"?) guides and misleads the viewer in a strange world marked by metamorphosis, multiple personalities, conflicting drives, parody, ritual, surreality... The filmic composition creates a fictive space that conveys the multiple perspectives generated by Fabre’s imaginings. The film is an adaptation and transformation - a passage from one form to another - of the choreographer’s imaginative capacities. Yet the framing, lighting, sound and editing through which the cinema renders Fabre’s mental world all lend autonomy to the film. For the film is not an imitation or copy of an original - not a straightforward recording that produces a likeness - but rather a simulacrum: it grasps crucial disparities in the choreographer’s world, which it reveals again and again. This transversal shift - a shift that is fictional by nature - turns the film into a doppelganger of the initial world which, metamorphosed, dis-appears.

A film by: Pierre Coulibeuf adapted from a special re-creation by Jan Fabre

Dialogues: Bart Verschaffel (inspired by Ovid, Kafka, Shakespeare, Homere, Poe, Tolkien, Singer, Carroll, Claes)

Actors: Els Deceukelier, William Forsythe, Erna Omarsdottir, Annabelle Chambon, Cédric Charron, Sebastien Cneude, Anny Czupper, Edmond Fabre, Jan Fabre, Emio Greco, Lisbeth Gruwez, Heike Langsdorf, Dirk Roofthooft, Helena Troubleyn, Geert Vaes, Wim Vandekeybus, Marc Vanrunxt, Jurgen Verheyen

Image: Yves Cape (A.F.C.)

Sound: Bart Vandebril

Editing: Jean Daniel Fernandez Qundez

Produced by: Chantal Delanoë

Coproduction: Regards Productions (France), Periscope Productions (Belgium), ZDF/ARTE, VRT, TV10 Angers in association with Troubleyn and the support of Fonds Film in Vlaanderen; Fonds EURIMAGES du Conseil de l’Europe; Centre National de la Cinématographie; Collection Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon; Brugge 2002, Capitale Culturelle de l’Europe.

World première: 55th International Film Festival of Locarno, Switzerland, 1-11 August 2002