Constrain

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  • Antoine Fontaine, Galdric Fleury
  • France
  • 2020
  • 11 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Best of Fests

Jerky footage, shouting, flashing lights, explosions, gasping breaths: these chaotic opening scenes evoke the feeling of a riot, but there isn’t a single person to be seen. This experimental and politically charged animated film uses abstract techniques to make tangible the impact of the repression of individuals based on physical characteristics, nationality, and social conditions.

The movements of anonymous bodies in a bare space where the aggressors remain invisible are based on actual cases of police violence in France. The monotone instrumental soundscape feeds into the menacing atmosphere.

This new reality in which the film immerses us raises the question of how to engage with the role we've been assigned in this rigid scenario, and how that role can lead to a person being restricted, coerced, humiliated, harmed, or killed.

Credits

  • 11 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: French
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Antoine Fontaine, Galdric Fleury
Production
Eric Prigent / Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains
Cinematography
Julien Guéraud
Animation
Julien Robert
Editing
Audrey Bauduin

IDFA history

2021
Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests

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