2015 (2013-), film, 57'22''
Musique originale : Samuel André, Hannah Wyness
Too Many Cowboys, Alchemy films and Arts, Jacques Perconte
Le chemin que nous prenons mène au cœur de la forêt d’Ettrick. C’est une plongée dans une terre textile que nous entreprenons. Une terre où l’homme, la machine et la nature entretiennent une relation complexe qui dessine leur avenir. En glissant par la poésie entre la brutalité de la matière et le sublime du paysage, nous portons ce regard attentif qui incarne la stabilité de notre désir de vivre profondément en paix. Spectateurs trop conscients d’une impuissance de nos mouvements, nous savons que la nature, elle, trouvera son chemin.
Made over the course of several visits to the Scottish Borders by the French artist filmmaker Jacques Perconte, the film interrogates the Scottish borders unique heritage: sheep farming, fabrics, the woolen mill tradition and our unique landscapes are all rendered in an impressionistic arc of colour and movement. The path we drive leads to the heart of the Ettrick Forest, a dive into a textile world. A land where man, machinery and nature deal with a complex relationship that draws their future. Slipping through poetry, between the brutality of matter and the sublime landscape, we experience a penetrating vision that embodies the stability of our deep desire to live in peace. Spectators are aware of the impotence of our movements, and we know that nature will find its way.
This visually captivating observational documentary of Scotland offers not only images of the rugged landscape, meadows, extensive forests and windmills, but also a detailed study of the meticulous handiwork completed at the local textile mill. Through exploring the nature of the digital record that captures the shape of the landscape, the film identifies images that reflect local everyday life. The physical movement through the area is also a journey into the imagery, which gradually disintegrates into particles of colour and shifting surfaces, subsequently reassembling back into the contours that change as a result of weather and time. Through the emphasis placed on colours and flow in calm compositions, the symbols of the traditional life in the region are revealed.