Around America VIII
Wednesday December 30, 2009
Entrance: 3 000 LL
An american stroll in Flanders
2009, 43 minutes, color, sound, video, French with English subtitles
An american stroll in Flanders is a documentary essay composed of portraits of adepts of the American myth in the north of France and Belgium.
I read in Leonardo da Vinci’s Notebooks that “every part tends to find its whole to compensate for its own imperfection.” This aphorism touches me because it expresses the loss of an original unity; it testifies to a sensibility for dispersion and estrangement. I wanted to envisage these “Flander Americans” as the little islands da Vinci talks about, and to see myself in them. To try to discover what we want so much from America and what is missing in us; what America says about us that we have shut out from what we can say about ourselves.
Break: 15 minutes
Stranded in Canton
1974, 77 minutes, black and white, sound, video, English
Courtesy of Twin Palms Publishers (www.twinpalms.com)
William Eggleston’s pioneering video work, “Stranded In Canton,” has been restored and is finally available, almost thirty-five years after it was made.
“Shot in 1974 with a Sony Porta-Pak, the crazily careering Stranded in Canton documents a cast of hard-drinking Southerners with the intimacy, ease and instability of a seasoned participant. Whiffs of Southern Gothic are not new to Mr. Eggleston’s work, but here they rise to the surface–fierce, tragic and proud.” –The New York Times