In Exalted Mars, the body and the city are interconnected. Or, better said, outside happens inside. A man’s bare body harmonises with the tension outside as the traffic loses its sound and is guided by the man’s jerky breathing into the liminal space of sleep.
Constructed simultaneously as a fever and a wet dream on a bodily level, Exalted Mars is an artistic endeavor that eroticizes the connection between the body and the space it occupies, and also vice versa – the space that occupies the body and in its smallest crevices. The author uses the naked body of a sleeping man as the centerpoint of his film, whose breath synchronizes with the nocturnal traffic of the city. A sensuous tableau vivant, illuminated by the reflections of streetlights that permeate within the intimate space, the short film invites us to partake in a cinematic experience that is rapt in a liminal state, somewhere between contemplation and dreaming. (Emilian Lungu)
Jean-Sébastien Chauvin directed his first short, Girls of fire, in 2008. The film was selected at the Cannes Film Festival (Semaine de la Critique). And they climbed the mountain is his second film, shot in 2011. The children, his fifth film, was selected at Clermont Ferrand ISFF in 2014. He is also a film critic (Les Cahiers du Cinéma, Vogue) and teaches cinema at the French School ESEC.
A film on motherhood and creation constructed through various visual metaphors of circularity, The Demands of Ordinary Devotion speaks in a playful, yet lucid manner about the elusive link between care work and creative work.
Hysteresis combines a queer performance with a series of video projections obtained by manipulating AI software to produce visual lags, starting from a suite of analog drawings. A visual translation of the concepts of hysteria and hysteresis as abstract as it is flamboyant.
In Exalted Mars, the body and the city are interconnected. Or, better said, outside happens inside. A man's bare body harmonises with the tension outside as the traffic loses its sound and is guided by the man's jerky breathing into the liminal space of sleep.
Diva brings to the forefront a biography recounted from the non-western perspective of a trans person, whose subjectivity and manifestation of their identity is shaped in a particular way in the East. Furthermore, the film documents the everyday difficulties faced by queer people in Asia and their modes of subsistence.
Becoming Male in the Middle Ages is a story about fertility and the possibility of crossing the biological barrier related to reproduction, with the help of transhuman augmentation. The body becomes but a receptacle for the ovary or egg, which erases its biological limitations.
a body is a body is a body combines queerness and religion on a personal level, putting the subliminal tension between the two under the spotlight while treating it in a distant way, naturalising the interpenetrations between the two dimensions that are always understood as ricocheting off each other.