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  A look at Pierre Coulibeuf - feature-length films  

 
  > C'est de l'art (1991-1993)   > Les Guerriers de la beauté (2002)
  > Le Grand Récit (1997)   > Somewhere in between (2004)
  > L'Homme noir (1993-1998)   > Doctor Fabre Will Cure You (2013)
  > Balkan Baroque (1999)    
       
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C'est de l'art

C'est de l'art

1993, 72 mn
starring Pierre-André Benoit, Jean-Pierre Bertrand, Pierre Buraglio, Louis Cane, Henri Cueco, Gérard Fromanger, Christian Jaccard, Jean Le Gac, Jacques Monory, Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Jean-Pierre Pincemin, Gérard Titus-Carmel

Contemporary artists' singular, often untimely view of major works in the history of art. The remarks of these 'free spirits' make every work viewed like a dynamic, evolving form, shot through with multiple energies. The artists' narrative, in voice off, frees up the creative possibilities of the image-sound and image playing with each other and driven by the same motive: 'What is seeing?'.

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Le Grand Récit

Le Grand Récit

1997, 67 mn

Filmed in residence at the Domaine de Kerguéhennec in Brittany during the 1995-96 meetings between visual artists and theatre, dance, cinema, music, literature, song and photography, Le Grand récit brings out new relationships with time and space in contemporary creation. Crossing the boundary of things, it invents a space of fiction, which makes the site a virtual place and history an evolution.

In the twists and turns of a mental journey through works and performances conceived with a particular location in mind, the viewer's imaginative universe is constantly fed by unexpected discoveries and events, every facet of the estate giving free rein to new possibilities of life and culture.

Works and performances, disseminated over the entire estate (château, stables, sheepfold, courtyard, moats, washhouse...), encourage the labyrinth game that transforms each event and continuously makes new ones arise from It.

In accordance with multiple perspectives, the film recomposes the place, suggesting forms, volumes and lights. The site of the film is a fragmentary, discontinuous space made up of shortcuts and sudden breaks.

 

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L'Homme noir

L'Homme noir

1998, 76 mn

The character of the dark man - a figure detached from Pistoletto's early self-portraits - is the role played by the artist when he is freed from his works and begins to administer the images of the past, the images of memory.

The troubling presence of the dark man haunts the film like the shadow of the past mingling with the present - inspiring a time out of a joint, a world of illusion where things are constantly doubled, redoubled. The dark man is the «dark side», says one of the characters in the film, the shadow side, the tenebrous expression of man that emerges from the luminous ground of the mirroring picture.
Accompanying the dark man from the outset of the film, the Art Sign punctuates the stages of a voyage : it invites us to motion, to displacement. It is a place of passage for all the movements of becoming. The film L'Homme noir ( The Dark Man) attemps to open up a mental space, an imaginary, an oblique perspective between the plastic arts and cinema - in other words, to create a site of experimentation on the border between two disciplines. Through its formal structure, the film seeks to convey the particular «retro-perspective» dynamics that animates and transforms Pistoletto's work.

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Balkan Baroque

L'Homme noir

2000, 63 mn
starring Marina Abramovic, Ulay, Paolo Canevari, Sean Kelly, Alexander Godschalk, Renato Bertolino, Louwrien Wijers, Dilradjie Sewsahal, Françoise Mol, Wouter Brave

Experimental fiction by Pierre Coulibeuf. The biography, both real and imaginary, of Marina Abramovic, Body Art artist. The film composes the life aesthetic of a woman in her era, with a personal history strongly marked by the Yugoslavia of Tito, everyday violence, the experience of physical and psychic limits...  The voluntary evocation of the past makes something more secret, more intimate crop up: an unknown evolution that is embodied in fictions felt like authentic fragments of truth. Balkan Baroque jumps from one identity to another, from a true story to an imagination, from a dream to a ritual... - the language of the body often taking over from the word, interrupting it or, on the contrary, stimulating it.

(All the images in the film are original, whether inspired by performances or purely imaginary).

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Les Guerriers de la beauté

L'Homme noir

2002, 71 mn
starring Jan Fabre, Els Deceukelier, William Forsythe, Erna Omarsdottir, Annabelle Chambon, Cédric Charron, Sébastien Cneude, Anny Czupper, Edmond Fabre, Emio Greco, Lisbeth Gruwez, Heike Langsdorf, Dirk Roofthooft, Helena Troubleyn, Geert Vaes, Wim Vandekeybus, Marc Vanrunxt, Jurgen Verheyen.

A phantasmagoria by Pierre Coulibeuf inspired by Jan Fabre's choreographic and theatrical creations.
The film is a labyrinth with multiple entrances, where an unlikely Ariadne in wedding gown ("the demon of passage" ?) guides and misleads the viewer in a strange world marked by metamorphosis, multiple personalities, conflicting drives, parody, ritual, surreality...

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Somewhere in between

L'Homme noir

2002, 71 mn
starring Meg Stuart, Michael von Der Heide, Christoph Homberger, Christoph Marthaler, Simone Aughterlony, Graham F. Valentine, Thomas Vodianka, Davis Freeman, Antonija Livingstone, Benoît Lachambre, Philippe Beloul, Varinia Canto Vila, François Brice, Lilia Mestre, Ugo Dehaes

An experimental film-portrait by Pierre Coulibeuf that transposes the research of choreographer Meg Stuart into fiction.

For the film, Meg Stuart re-enacts the behaviours and gestures of individuals in everyday life: the strange or unusual attitudes of a couple of unconventional figures, of two girls in their flat, of a couple in a half-destroyed house, of a girl in an underground parking garage, of another girl who wants to settle in Switzerland and live more or less traumatic experiences... The choreographer's imaginations inspired Pierre Coulibeuf to create a discontinuous film tale, like a mental projection.

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Doctor Fabre Will Cure You

L'Homme noir

2013, 61 mn
starring Jan Fabre, Ivana Jozic

Fictitious portrait of the Flemish artist Jan Fabre, based on his diary and his performances.
The film—a modern fairy tale—projects Jan Fabre into his own imaginative universe and composes a character who changes ceaselessly identity, plays numerous roles under the most varied disguises; behind a mask, still another mask… The female character, like a ‘demon of passage’ using different faces, haunts the male character and inspires his metamorphoses, ad infinitum.  
‘Existence simulates, it dissimulates, and it dissimulates that, even when dissimulating and playing a role, it continues to be authentic existence, thus binding the simulacrum to genuine authenticity with an almost inextricable malice.’ Maurice Blanchot.

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