Official Selection 2022
Marine Hugonnier

DISPATCH FROM PRZEMYŚL
(NOTES FOR A DEMOCRATIC EUROPE)

France, Poland / 2022 / Black & white / 16 mm / 35’
World Premiere

February 24, 2022: Russian troops are flooding into Ukraine. After the initial shock, how do you respond? For Marine Hugonnier, it was by using her own weapons – film and images – driven by what she describes as, “a desire to create a common front and a common image”. This is her declared agenda. She takes a two-pronged approach, first travelling to the Polish border and filming once she arrives. Then, transporting supplies to Kyiv. So, the film opens with grainy black and white 16mm images of a familiar but contradictory world: a random railway station, but a station that also conjures up all the iconic images of exoduses in European history, of which there are sadly so many. Inside the dimly-lit station at night – the camera is placed in the middle of a crowded corridor. A bustling crowd – mostly women and children – gestures and a brouhaha which resonate like a single voice. The film unfolds from his central point, from one encounter to the next, story to story, told by refugees and those who have come to help them. It finds its strength in the shots of faces, composed almost like portraits. Faces and their stories; the decision to remove them allows us both to both to listen and pay close attention. These figures seem suspended between the power of their words and the obstinate physical presence of their bodies there: like the young female doctor who has decided to return to Ukraine to care for the sick, or the young man who has come to fight. Creating a common image therefore consists of leaving an imprint on the film with the camera like a “body projected in the present”. Despite the fact these images were shot in March 2022, the troubling paradox is that they already seem to bear the weight of history. This is like a frozen moment, at the point when the war had only just become a threat rather than a reality crushing both bodies and the landscape.
(Nicolas Feodoroff)Marine Hugonnier

Technical sheet

Original version : french, english, polish, ukrainian
Subtitles : french, english
Script : Marine Hugonnier
Photography : Marine Hugonnier
Editing : Marine Hugonnier
Sound : Jan Moszumanski, Cesar Mamoudy
Production : Florence Cohen (Anna Lena Films), Malgorzata Koziol (EAST BEAST), Malgorzata Szumowska (Nowhere Films).

Filmography :
Meadow Report, 2022
Antonio Negri, 2019
La Vijanera, 2019
Cinetracts, since 2012
Apicula Enigma, 2013
May 13, 1968, 2011
Secretary Of The Invisible, 2007
Territory I, II, III, 2004
Death Of An Icon, 2005
Travelling Amazonia, 2006
The Last Tour, 2004
Ariana, 2003
Anna Hanusova (27.06.01, 5:40), 2001.

Director

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