October 2014, living archive

Filmmakers’ Choice: Invisible Images

UNE SALE HISTOIRE, 1977

The films in this program presented by Sylvie Boisseau and Frank Westermeyer on October 20, generate invisible images by means of language, playing in the process with well-known representational forms, such as the confession or the Latin American telenovela. By intensifying or exaggerating convention, they challenge our belief in the visible. In UNE SALE HISTOIRE (France 1977), Jean Eustache films two identical confessions by a passionate voyeur one after the other with the words exactly the same in each case. Phil Collins switches the actors in every single scene of his telenovela SOY MI MADRE without the narrative flow ever being interrupted. For the OPTIONISTEN, the presentation of his limitless possibilities is already enough.