OFFICIEL SELECTION / INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION 2014   FIDMARSEILLE 2014

world premiere

   
 

LETTERS TO MAX

 

Eric BAUDELAIRE

 

 

FRANCE
2014
Colour
HD
103’


Original version
English, Russian
Subtitles
French, English
Scenario and image
Eric Baudelaire
Sound
Juliette Navis
Editing
Eric Baudelaire,
Laure Vermeersch
Casting
Maxim Gvinjia

Production and distribution
Poulet - Malassis

Filmography
– THE UGLY ONE, 2013
– THE ANABASIS
OF MAY AND FUSAKO
SHIGENOBU, MASAO
ADACHI AND 27 YEARS
WITHOUT IMAGES, 2011
– THE MAKES, 2009
– (SIC), 2008

“Abkhazia is a paradox: it’s a country in the physical sense of the term, with borders, a government, a flag and a language, but it’s a state that doesn’t legally exist as, for almost twenty years, no other nation has recognized it. So Abkhazia exists without existing, in a liminal void, a limited space between realities. As such, my letter to Max was a bit like a bottle in the sea, a nod to Alfred Jarry and the world of Ubu Roi which Maxim seems to inhabit. Then fiction overtook reality.” Thus Eric Baudelaire launched a letter writing campaign, sending 74 letters in 74 days: a script for the voice- over of a film in which Max is the narrator. This exchange was to become the structure of the film: letters that should not have been received by Max, the recording of his replies, and footage of Abkhazia shot by Eric Baudelaire when the correspondence ceased.
As in L’Anabase... (FID 2011), the tools of cinema are not only at the service of information, but also act as makers of artefacts. What landscape footage is shown here: that of an emerging nation or that of an old country? The mute one of nature or the talkative one of politics? Once again, Baudelaire drags us into the twisted maze of history. (JPR) 

 

 

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