Official Selection 2020
Milena Desse

The Sun and the Looking Glass – for one easily forgets but the tree remembers

Palestine, Belgium / 2020 / Color / super 8, 35mm, HD, Stereo / 23’
World Premiere

Ein Qiniya, a small Palestinian village in the West Bank, occupied since 1967. This is where Milena Desse is to make her own enquiries: how can one decipher remaining traces and reconstruct History? How can one shine a light, as they say, on such places? Determined to unfold the layers and work out the creases like so many clues about some buried history, the young director strives like an archaeologist, equipped with a magnifying glass and a camera. In a game of up close vs. far-off, launched right from the very first shot, the film becomes a scrutinizing detective in its own right. In turns, it focuses – with close-ups through the magnifying glass – on unearthed remnants, here rusty scraps of metal, there an eroded cartridge case, trying to spot relics of the past, like donkeys, or traces painted on the walls of restored buildings, and to show the frailty of the hidden remains and their stubbornness to bear witness, like in a palimpsest. But the magnifying glass becomes even more revealing, thanks to rays of sunshine, and produces a text. Light, as both a metaphor and a tool, obviously, generates a tale of how this area was like once, filling a white page, word by word, with sentences about what used to give body to this place. Going back and forth, like time itself going backwards at the pace of words filling pages, while we can hear a world of whispers, rustles, crackles, like so many indistinct yet insisting echoes of what is resurfacing. Like the trees in the title, whose bark is like peels that have turned involuntary into parchments, making them the unexpected witnesses of the chaos and pitfalls of History. (N.F.)

Technical sheet

Original version : English.
Subtitles : French.
Script : Milena Desse.
Photography : Milena Desse, Mashal Kawasmi.
Editing : Milena Desse.
Sound : Sylvie Bouteiller, Montaser Alul, Chloé Despax.
Production : Milena Desse.
Distribution : Milena Desse.

INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR

Director

Milena Desse

Official Selection

Synopsis

“Between Popocatépetl and Ixtaccihuatl, one day before the war. Maria, forced to marry a bandit, escapes her fate and runs away into the woods in the company of El Toro. Rosario, in love with an...

En savoir +
Official Selection 2020
23.07.2020 - 10:00
Variétés 3
24.07.2020 - 11:30
Variétés 1
26.07.2020 - 12:30
Vidéodrome 2
Synopsis

The self-portrait of a man torn between two languages and two cities, an essay in comparative town planning, a critical history of United States’ imperialism in South America, a eulogy to...

En savoir +
Official Selection 2020
23.07.2020 - 22:00
La Baleine
24.07.2020 - 10:00
La Baleine
25.07.2020 - 10:00
Variétés 1
Synopsis

Ein Qiniya, a small Palestinian village in the West Bank, occupied since 1967. This is where Milena Desse is to make her own enquiries: how can one decipher remaining traces and reconstruct History?...

En savoir +
Official Selection 2020
Synopsis

From Amityville to the Final Destination franchise, from Z movies to Tokyo Sonata, Maxime le Moing has patiently summoned no less than 150 films to make Salle obscure. A mere exercise in erudition...

En savoir +
Official Selection 2020
23.07.2020 - 22:30
Variétés 5
24.07.2020 - 20:00
Vidéodrome 2
25.07.2020 - 22:00
Variétés 2
Synopsis

A grainy black and white image in slow motion, as only a reel of film can offer. A young woman appears, walking down the street in what at first seems to be indeterminate scenery but turns out to be...

En savoir +
Official Selection 2020
24.07.2020 - 18:30
Théâtre du Gymnase
25.07.2020 - 18:00
La Baleine
26.07.2020 - 16:30
Variétés 3
Synopsis

Damien is a young man in a hurry. He can’t wait to get working on a movie, and show it in its everyday reality to bring charm, give that feeling of being stunned, and convert life into an oceanic...

En savoir +
Official Selection 2020
23.07.2020 - 12:00
La Baleine
24.07.2020 - 16:00
Vidéodrome 2
26.07.2020 - 12:30
Variétés 3
Synopsis

While Rosa wraps up her domestic cleaning tasks, Nicolas is adding the final touches to the piece of contemporary music his friends will be listening to in the evening, gathered in his Bogotá...

En savoir +
Official Selection 2020
Synopsis

A black, shaky image, like fireworks, intermittently making light suddenly appears, barely leaving us a chance to discern the visible. Then an apartment, in the half-light, empty until a woman’s...

En savoir +
Official Selection 2020
24.07.2020 - 20:30
La Baleine
25.07.2020 - 14:00
Vidéodrome 2
26.07.2020 - 12:00
Variétés 2
Synopsis

It is the story of a country: who is writing it, how and to what end? This country is Colombia. Its history amounts to a disastrous conflict between left-wing guerrilla fighters and the National army...

En savoir +
Official Selection 2020
Synopsis

A conversation on the internet - soon to be followed by another one. A young woman answers a man - no doubt her father - whose voice we hear from a computer. Outside, the buildings where dozens of...

En savoir +
Official Selection 2020
23.07.2020 - 15:30
Vidéodrome 2
25.07.2020 - 21:00
Vidéodrome 2
26.07.2020 - 12:00
Théâtre du Gymnase