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On the occasion of Révélations, the FIFMA presents a selection of films projected in its last editions.
Mil Máscaras © Kimiko Otaka
The International Film Festival for Fine Crafts – FIFMA is an invitation to discover fine craft professions from around the world, through image and cinema.
This biennale festival created in Montpellier by Ateliers d’Art de France in 1998 chose to settle in 2016, in partnership with Est Ensemble, in Montreuil and Pantin. Through a large selection of documentaries, dramas and experimental films, accompanied by encounters, exhibitions and other events which invite exchanging and sharing, FIFMA reveals the secrets of a unique creative universe.
FIFMA FILM SCREENINGS DURING THE FAIR:
Génération Y à l’heure du Thé © Quentin Vuong
Pauline de Chassey
France | 2015
Documentary | 52'
For almost a year, Pauline de Chassey filmed the encounter between a class from Les Arts Décoratifs de Paris and a 150-year-old craft workshop from Limoges. Under the watchful eye of their professor, the students are tasked with bringing a youthful perspective to tableware.
Bijoux contemporains - De l’or à la
Bague Esther Brinkmann
© Abacaris Films 2015
France | 2014
Documentary | 27'
Jewelry has freed itself over the years of codes, usages, and shapes. New designers have transformed and revitalized it by using materials that would be unthinkable in traditional jewelry. This film offers a voyage into the unexpected territories of contemporary jewelry.
Un vitrail pour 1000 ans © France télévisions, Morgane – Morgane groupe
France | 2015
Documentary | 51'
The Strasbourg Cathedral just held its millennial celebration. It was restored with new stained-glass windows for the occasion. The fruitful collaboration between an inspired photographer, Véronique Ellena, and a grand master glass-maker, Pierre-Alain Parot, resulted in two contemporary works that now light up the cathedral.
La séance sera précédée d’une introduction de la réalisatrice Marion Wegrowe et de la photographe Véronique Ellena, et sera suivie d’un temps de questions/ réponses avec le public.
Before the viewing, there will be an introduction by director Marion Wegrowe and photographer Véronique Ellena. The viewing will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.
Other screenings are organized during the fair:
ANNE MURAT AND DAVID BART
France, 2015, documentary, 14’
In Japan, Ysabel de Maisonneuve is fascinated by the contrast in nature, which is at once so delicate and yet so violent. Together with some villagers, she decided to cut bamboos and wrap them in fabric of silk and cotton, creating volumes/packaging that protect their secrets…. Therein begins Shibori. Fire, Water, Air, as it turns out, is a portrait of a sensitive artist, for whom the gesture is first and foremost a spiritual act.
JEROEN MAES AND YVAN HAENTJENS
Belgium, 2015, documentary, 6’
Root is a monumental sculpture measuring 7 meters in length and 3 meters in width. This glass skeleton, developed using 36 blown elements, was inspired by a pine tree cut in sections. The work will end up suspended, resembling a bony prehistoric structure, on the ceiling of the Michelin-starred restaurant Cuchara, in Lommel, Belgium.
South Korea, 2013, documentary, 10’
Korean paper, which is particularly strong and can be kept for over 1,000 years, is made using a traditional ancestral technique which has been handed down for generations. This documentary shows us the production process of hanji, while enabling us to understand the spirit that inhabits the craftsmen who bring the paper to life.
France, 2015, documentary, 17’
The ceramist Emmanuelle Manche turned a former cellar that borders her house into her workshop. Therein, the ceramicist gives shape to clay blocks over entire days. Her hands seem to be the extension of her subconscious. Without completely knowing it, Emmanuelle Manche shapes the backwashes of the sea she played with as a child. Beyond craft is a relationship to earth, whose origin traces back to the first steps of childhood, as if a prelude to her artistic calling.
France, 2014, documentary, 3’
The art restorer Agnès Roze astonishingly resembles the paintings she restores. Outside of time and delicate, Agnès takes infinite care to return life to paintings: “They are not necessarily dead paintings; they are just asleep….” With her face bound to the canvas, the restorer speaks with tenderness and passion about her work, which is successful when not seen.
England, 2015, documentary, 12’
In this short documentary, the filmmaker follows Adelola Oseni, who is in charge of a research program at University College London. The young researcher’s project is to identify the most suitable substance to support the regeneration of the human nose. At the end of long investigations and countless tests, glass is ultimately chosen for its unique properties: This is how Adelola Oseni comes to meet Matt Durran, glass artist, who provides his savoir-faire in the service of this research program.
STÉPHANIE BUI & PASCAL STELLETTA
France, 2015, documentary, 17’
Bruno Legeron represents the fourth generation from a family of Parisian florists and feather workers. Bruno and his associates talk about their craft, their exploration of the beauty of the artisanal gesture, and the pleasure in rising to the creative challenge, set primarily by fashion designers. The documentary introduces us to the little known expertise of these Haute Couture craftspeople.
Belgium, 2015, documentary, 9’
Glass is Tomorrow films the collaboration between glassblowers and designers who came together for a European exchange platform. The camera captures the creative process behind a dozen pieces produced quickly and with charm. Tension, emotion, and dance are each an integral part of the glass production process.
GÉRARD AUDIAS & JEAN-YVES BARDIN France, 2010, documentary, 9’
Jean-Michel Letellier and Miki Nakamura work with paper. After a three-year journey, during which they trained in and practised paper production techniques in Asia (Japan, India, Nepal), Jean-Michel Letellier set up his workshop in Trélazé in 2001. While in Japan, he specialised in the production of large-format translucent paper with the aim of revisiting the shogi, the Japanese sliding doors.
Czech Republic, 2014, documentary, 4’
This short documentary follows the work of the Czech cutler Ignác Hloh who creates his knives from salvaged objects. The film follows the process of knife fabrication starting from a piece of metal and a piece of wood Ignác Hloh found in his garden.
France, 2015, experimental film, 4’
Choreographer, dancer, and ceramicist Kimiko Otaka presents Mil Máscaras. The artist took inspiration from a character from her childhood: the famous wrestler of a thousand masks, Mil Máscaras. Fascinated by his ability to change masks without ever showing his face, the artist plastered on her face a three kilogram block of sandstone and porcelain, which she fashions as she pleases, day after day, at the whim of her mood.
JULIE NGUYEN VAN QUI
France, 2012, documentary, 14’
“Almost 600 years ago, a master dyer named Jean Gobelin sets up his workshop on the shores of the Bièvre, a river which is today buried. His ambition was to find the formula for a scarlet red which would dazzle and resist the passage of time.” Thus begins Julie Nguyen Van Qui’s documentary, a cross between a dark tale and a police investigation. The filmmaker awakens the ghosts of the workshop to tell us the story of this surprising manufacturer.