Festival 2021
Jonathan Davies

TOPOLOGY OF SIRENS

USA / 2021 / 106’
World Premiere

Jonathan Davies
Cas, a shy young woman and apprentice musician, moves into her late aunt’s
house in a small town near Los Angeles. She forces open the lock of a cupboard
in which she finds an old box. Inside are a handful of mini-cassettes marked
with mysterious inscriptions. Topology of Sirens begins with this enigma and
relates Cas’ investigation, somewhere between fantasy and paper chase through
the substance of sound that forms the world. Although they are eventually
incarnated at the end of the investigation, the Sirens are above all an object
of fascination shared by the heroine and the filmmaker, a common passion for
sound experimentation. Slowing down the investigation, stepping away from
the plot, Jonathan Davies makes way for a series of musical performances. Cas
attends or joins in, and which further heighten her perception of her environment,
sharpening her senses and curiosity.
This wide-ranging, generous film is driven by an unbridled love of beauty, its
conservation and its transmission, at all times and in all forms. Modern and ancient
beauties, the refined elegance of interior architecture, the natural splendour of a
landscape or the sophistication of an 18th century harpsichord. Beauty also in the
names, such as those of the French vielle manufacturers who are listed, one after
the other, in homage to the memory thanks to which they live on. For a filmmaker
who has no shortage of ideas, this is no doubt the most decisive: exploring and
developing sound matter as a temporal labyrinth, coupling his experimentation
with sound to an exploration of its history. From station to station, from encounter
to encounter, the topology of the sirens deepens and enriches the experience of
familiar places, transforming a chic Californian suburb into a kind of tropical and
musical Eden where water, light and the sounds of the world unite their vibrations
in all-encompassing musicality. Concerted birdsong, arpeggiated chords on a
harpsichord and the metallic bounce of balls on baseball bats. At the end of this
tale of learning, this is what Cas leads us to understand: happiness resides in
sound. (Cyril Neyrat)

Technical sheet

Original Version : English.
Subtitles : French.
Script : Jonathan Davies.
Photography : Carson Lund.
Editing : Carson Lund.
Music : Sarah Davachi, Whitney Johnson, Micaela Tobin, Ben Boye.
Sound : Jonathan Davies, Carson Lund.
Casting : Courtney Stephens, Sarah Davachi, Whitney Johnson, Mark Toscano, Suzan Crowley, Samantha Robinson, Langley Fox Heming way.
Production : Tyler Taormina (Omnes Films).
Distribution : Jonathan Davies.

INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR

Director

Jonathan Davies

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