Sélection officielle 2019
Pierre Léon, Rita Azevedo Gomes, Jean-Louis Schefer

DANSES MACABRES, SKELETONS, AND OTHER FANTASIES

France, Portugal, Switzerland / 2019 / Color / 110'
Première Mondiale

Two film directors and a writer are in Portugal for an expedition through various images, moments from the history of Western allegorical representation. The writer is Jean-Louis Schefer, and this tale encapsulates his life’s mission. What is the connection between the danses macabres of the dying days of the Middle Ages, Hieronymus Bosch’ Temptation of St Anthony, a landscape by Fragonard and the prehistoric rock engravings of Foz-Côa? There is no connection, Schefer admits from the start, save for the arbitrariness of taste. No scholarly connection, but rather a relationship, lively and fleeting, a friendly conversation resumed at each stopping point of this journey reflecting on pictures and what they retain

of history. Schefer talks a lot; his language is fluent, clear and focused. His two friends say little, listening attentively, reviving the conversation from time to time. Does this make it a monologue in disguise? Yes, because this film peopled by friendship conceals the portrait of a thinker and writer as only cinema can: an intellect in action, a way of being alone or in company, leading the philosophical conversation, an entire life a ected by pictures, compact in front of a few figurative objects. And no, because the conversation is woven between Schefer’s words, Rita Azevedo Gomes’ dramatisation and Pierre Léon’s editing, and the film, without another word, unfurls another idea that amplifies, discusses and surpasses the writer’s thought. Passion for painting haunts the composition of every shot, which it frames like a picture in a museum or a Portuguese landscape. The editing punctuates the journey of a micro-history of cinema in playful contrast to the erudite discourse. As Schefer says of danses macabres, “It moves, it’s liquid and solid at the same time, it moves forward towards nothing, into nothing. It’s history, carrying o the living”. (C.N.)

Technical sheet

Original version : french. Subtitles : french. Script : Pierre Léon. Image : Acacio de Almeida. Editing : Pierre Léon. Sound : Laurent Benjamin, François Mereu, Olivier Blanc. Casting : Jean Louis Schefer.

Production : Barberousse Films (François Martin Saint Léon), Basilisco Filmes (Rita Azevedo Gomes), Garidi Films (Consuelo Frauenfelder).

Distribution : Barberousse Films (François Martin Saint Léon).

Filmography : Pierre Léon : Deux Rémi, 2015. Electre (coréalisation avec Jeanne Balibar), 2011. Biette, 2010. L’Idiot, 2007. Guillaume et les Sortilèges, 2005. Octobre, 2004. L’Adolescent, 2000. Oncle Vania, 1997.
Li per li, 1994. Deux dames sérieuses, 1988.

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Pierre Léon
Rita Azevedo Gomes
Jean-Louis Schefer

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