August 2013

"Jaurès"

by Vincent Dieutre, opens August 8, 2013

A studio. A man and a woman. Moving images on the screen, which he comments on, spurred on by her questions. All the footage was shot from the window of a flat: views of the street, the metro line running above it, the canal, into the windows of the buildings opposite. The flat belongs to the man’s lover, the man is a guest, spending his nights there but never his days. By the canal, young men from Afghanistan set up makeshift shelters as the man looks on, developing increasing sympathy for them. The seasons change, winter, spring, summer. Actress Eva Truffaut and director Vincent Dieutre are talking about love. The tone of their conversation is subdued, little more than a whisper. Although the camera’s gaze is fixed on the world beyond the window, it’s also about what’s behind it. The noises from outside mix with the tones from within. Simon, the lover, a trade-unionist and civil rights activist plays the piano. For Dieutre, he was a hero. “Simon taught me again what compassion is”. The relationship is over, he talks about him in the past tense, tenderly and full of respect. It’s just the key to Simon’s apartment at Paris metro station Jaurès that he never owned. (Berlinale Forum catalogue; Christoph Terhechte)

"Jaurès" won the Teddy-Special Award at the Berlinale 2012, as well as the Klaus-Wildenhahn-Prize at10. Dokfilmwoche Hamburg in the same year.

Vincent Dieutre was born on November 25, 1960 in Petit Quevilly, France. He studied film at the IDHEC film school in Paris from 1983 to 1986, during which time he made his first short films and videos. Dieutre works as a film journalist, lecturer and translator.

Films - 1984: Une martyre (short). 1985: Wiener Blut (short). 1986: Arrière Saison (short). 1988: Lettres de Berlin. 1995: Rome désolée (Forum 1996). 2000: Leçons de ténèbres / Lektionender Finsternis / Tenebrae Lessons (Forum 2000). Entering Difference/ Lettre de Chicago (short). 2001: Bonne Nouvelle. 2003:Mon voyage d’hiver / Meine Winterreise (Forum 2003). Bologna Centrale. 2004: Les accords d’Alba (short). 2006 : Fragments sur la grâce. 2007: Despues de la Revolucion. 2008: EA2: 2ième exercice d’admiration: Jean Eustache (short). 2012: Jaurès.

Land/Year: France2012. Format: BluRay, 16:9. Length: 83 Min. Language: French. Version: Original with German subtitles. Director, Script, Camera, Sound: Vincent Dieutre. Camera (studio shoot): Jeanne Lapoirie. Animation: Guillaume Dimanche. Editor: Mathias Bouffier. With: Eva Truffaut, Vincent Dieutre.