1. "oiseau de nuit" est construit sur le mode sans fin des chants tourmentés et hypnotiques des folklores médiévaux qui donnent le vertige

    "night-bird" is constructed on the endless mode of tormented and hypnotic songsof the medieval folklore which make you feel dizzy.

    - Vidéoformes, Clermont-Ferrand, 2013
    - Voir aussi le DVD "lac et autres contes" disponible chez Lowave lowave.com/fr/boutique/102/3/dvd/art-video/lac-et-autres-contes-detail


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  2. La mélancolie infinie - Melancolia - nait de la fuite du temps. Saturne dévore ses enfants pour arrêter le temps qui fuit. Les contes saturniens naissent de la peur du temps qui passe. Saturne finira par régurgiter ses enfants.
    Et l’histoire commence…

    Infinite melancholy – Melancolia – was born from the swift passage of time. Saturn devours his children to stop time flying The Saturnine tales arise from the fear for time passing. Saturn will finally regurgitate his children and the story begins.

    - Projeté lors d'une séance "Illégal cinéma" Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, janvier 2012, curatrice Léa Bismuth

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  3. Quatre films sans homme. Le décor est un territoire entre nature et civilisation, souvenir d'un monde révolu où les animaux s'adressent aux passants en termes choisis, où les philosophes expérimentent dans leur cabane, où les châteaux résistent aux envahisseurs et où de sombres présages gisent sur le sol humide des sous-bois.

    Four movies without man.
    The setting is a territory between nature and civilization, in remembrance of a past world where animals spoke to those they met in chosen terms, where the philosophers experiment in their huts, where castles resist to the invaders and where dark omen are lying on the wet ground of the undergrowth.

    - Sélectionné en compétition internationale au Festival Tous Courts, Aix-en-Provence, 6/9 déc. 2011 festivaltouscourts.com/

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Lake and other tales


Pierre and Jean Villemin are storytellers from another time, a time when
oral tradition was carried on, legends were spread and told during long evenings

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Lake and other tales


Pierre and Jean Villemin are storytellers from another time, a time when
oral tradition was carried on, legends were spread and told during long evenings
spent in listening to voices blending in the fire cracklings. At night fall these stories are being told and quite often at this eerie hour, at dusk, in a twilight atmosphere which at long last
obsesses and disturbs one’s senses, the teller’s voice comes out from the filmed image.
The voice is meaningful and imbues all Villemins’ films with its presence: a deep, steady, soothing voice, paradoxically inviting to silence. This voice really is the one of a myth.
It may express anything, imagine shameful fictions, invent horrifying creatures, make forgotten times ghosts appear and, above all, confront with the muffled rustling of the wind smashing trees top.

In “the lake”, hidden in the mist the sun only lets appear trees outlines which also are great
actors in Villemins’ films, because trees talk and have a soul. Like in antique mythology, they are able to transform themselves, are endowed with supernatural powers, notably the power to live through times. They can live a thousand years and they are still there, potentially ready to be filmed, from their trunks rooted in the earth to the unattainable heights. Dreamt heights
which the camera eye and breath constantly rise toward.
It is also about mythology, when in “Black Forest” the voice recalls the fantasized ghosts of horrible beasts almost impossible to imagine, like “dog-legged snakes”….
In their ways both storytellers remind of pre-Raphaelite artists who knew how to watch for the apparition of nymphs and tritons on the shores of transparent lakes and ponds, in the haze of a veiled vision.

Without going up to speak of animism they seek to confront with nature spirits and nature itself , master of the incredible rhythm of seasons following one another, entitled to grow leaves and feed bushes in which the camera slowly sinks, an eye sometimes dumbfounded.
Seasons are the contraction point of all films since they mark the passage of time and shape
the point of view: “How long does it take tree leaves to disappear ?” calls out the voice off in “Saturnine Tales”. It is no doubt the question urging to look up and at last understand how
sap irrigates leaves slightest boughs and vessels.

“The lake” and “Black Forest” impressionist images have a very close relation to painting and remind of Gerhard Richter atmospheric landscapes with its delicate gradations and blurs.
The search for effects like superposition and slow fade in – fade out in “The castle” (Paradoxical Tales 4th scene) distracts the eyes and leads onto shaky paths. The images then
bear the whole deep memory of the walk, the moments gathered in the slow steps rhythm.

After a while the absence of the human face obsesses because even when a few fragments
of human life come to light face and body remain absent, only perceived by the voice off and sometimes, at rare moments, by the sensation of a presence behind the camera: for example in “the so-called lands ”the cameraman’s presence is being felt, the image is much more
“out of breath” and step sounds punctuate its moves. However this absence of embodiment
leaves the door wide open to fiction, a literary representation of the world: “ Why is it necessary to walk so long to reach “the lake” at” moonless midnight” ?

Léa Bismuth
Art critic and exhibitions curator., Léa Bismuth has been writing
for Art Press, other magazines and newspapers since 2006. She lives and works in Paris.

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