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L'homme-vertige: Tales of a City
Film still from "L’ homme-vertige" by Malaury Eloi Paisley. It shows a shirtless man on a staircase in front of a building. The building has a yellow façade. There are statues to the left and right of the entrance.
Still from L'HOMME-VERTIGE by Malaury Eloi Paisley. © Athénaïse, Lyon Capitale TV
  • Director

    Malaury Eloi-Paisley

  • France / 2024
    93 min / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language

    French, Guadeloupean Creole French

In the Chanzy neighbourhood of Pointe-à-Pitre, the economic capital of the Guadeloupe archipelago, bulldozers from demolition firm Avenir Déconstruction are pulling down residential blocks consigned to history. On nightly patrols L'homme-vertige : Tales of a City follows the city’s wanderers through the empty streets. These are dizzying circumstances. They all carry the wounds of this city within them and are now seers. Circulating throughout the internal and external spaces, both endangered, are the director’s empathetic conversations and relationships – with the lung-diseased former freedom fighter Ti Chal, with the crack addict Priscilla, with the wild, angry and then calmer Eddie, with the fish scaler Kanpèch. Even elegant Eric resists the inevitable dilapidation with his view of the city, his recitation of texts by Joël Beuze and Amílcar Cabral. Malaury Eloi Paisley: “And I ask myself why I feel the need to wander the streets of Pointe-à-Pitre.” (Madeleine Bernstorff)

Malaury Eloi Paisley, filmmaker and visual artist who works from her native island of Guadeloupe. She studied art history and museum studies before participating in the Ateliers Varan workshops in Guadeloupe in 2016, and an international workshop at EICTV in Cuba on the aesthetics of documentary film, where she made her first short film Chanzy Blues. She then embarked on a long-term project exploring the city of Pointe-à-Pitre, with L’homme-vertige Tales of a City, between 2017 and 2023.

Production Sophie Salbot. Production company Athénaïse (Montreuil, France). Director Malaury Eloi Paisley. Screenplay Malaury Eloi Paisley. Cinematography Malaury Eloi Paisley, Victor Zebo. Editing Marie Bottois. Music Magic Malik. Sound design Adam Wolny, Thierry Delor. Sound Ludovic Sadjan.

Films: 2017: Chanzy Blues (short documentary). 2024: L’homme-vertige / L’homme-vertige : Tales of a City (documentary).

Bonus Material

Director’s Statement and Interview

  • Film still from "L’ homme-vertige" by Malaury Eloi Paisley. It shows the ruins of a building at night. The ruin is illuminated by a white beam of light.

    Director’s Statement

    Malaury Eloi Paisley on L’HOMME-VERTIGE, and her approach to filming the void

  • Film still from "L’ homme-vertige" by Malaury Eloi Paisley. It shows a green space with a few trees, sand and a large puddle next to a town.


    Christiane Büchner and Madeleine Bernstorff speak with Malaury Eloi Paisley about L’HOMME-VERTIGE

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