• French Competition


Jean-Claude Taki

In August 2006, in Sotchi, a seaside resort in Russia, a storm killed about fifty
people. Among them was a beautiful young woman, Irina. Her former lover,
Guillaume, who had gone to enquire about her death, disappeared without a trace,
leaving behind a few clues, his drawings and his diary in room 255 at the
Primorskaïa hotel. On their tracks, the narrator-filmmaker arrives on the scene. The
story slowly unfolds, shaped and tossed about by the director’s encounters along
the way. Its rhythm is reminiscent of travel chronicles, or of the languidness of some
films noirs, in which you never know whether the pace is really set by the plot.
Is it the story of a friendship or a love story? The portrait of a woman, and then of
another? An inquiry about a State secret? A fragmented description of modern
Russia? It is all that at once, mixed with what appears to be essentially sensitive,
sensual and cinematographic material. Jean-Claude Taki had already shot several
short films with his cell phone; this time, using the same modest device, he ventured
on a much longer-term project. That worked out for the best, as the uncertain quality
of the image finally became its ally. Its eeriness and thickness echo most acutely
the melancholy of the traveller, only present via the voice over, thus out of frame,
forever away. (JPR)

  • French Competition

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Jean-Claude Taki
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Jean-Claude Taki

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