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January 29, 2006

An Evening with Henri Herré

One of the more diverse talents to emerge from France in the last twenty years, filmmaker Henri Herré had crafted an impressive body of work drawing on a wide range of stylistic influences. A graduate of The Sorbonne, Herré studied the essays of D.H. Lawrence under the guidance of the film theorist Gilles Deleuze. During his studies, he became active as a filmmaker producing a series of compelling, experimental shorts such as 20 Brief Films, a kaleidoscope of shorts ranging in length from five seconds to two minutes and The Seized Sky, a love story shown through surveillance cameras which received special jury honors at the Cannes Film Festival. He has also produced several documentary films on subjects ranging from a Cherokee reservation in North Carolina to adult illiteracy. His feature films include Août, an adaptation of Odön Von Horvarth's play Kasmir and Caroline which stars Jean-Claud Brialy and L'île au bout du monde, an unconventional love story set on Easter Island. More recently, he has taught filmmaking at FEMIS (Foundation Européenne des Métiers de l'Image et du Son), one of the most vital institutions for film education in France. This special event will include screenings of some of Herré's experimental short films, introduced by Mr. Herré, including his acclaimed 20 Brief Films and selections from scientific films made for the French television channel ARTE.

January 29, 2006

20 Brief Films (20 Films Brefs)

Directed by Henri Herré
France, 1982, color, 13 min.
In French

A kaleidoscope of brief fiction films between 5 seconds and 2 minutes in length, 20 Films Brefs was shown in over thirty festivals and won the jury prize at Laval.

A Girl (Une Fille)

Directed by Henri Herré
France, 1985, b&w, 17 min.
In French with English subtitles

Shown at over thirty festivals, including Cannes, Toronto, and Chicago, this César-nominated short film slowly reveals the deep secret of a young girl, whose thoughts appear onscreen in subtitles.

The Seized Sky (Le Ciel Saisi)

Directed by Henri Herré
France, 1983, color, 23 min.
In French (please note that this film is not subtitled)

Described by Herré as a love story shown through surveillance cameras, this experimental short was screened at fifty festivals, including Cannes, where it won a Special Jury's Honorable Mention.

A selection of scientific films for ARTE channel

Directed by Henri Herré
France, 2004, color, video 20 min.


How Much is Infinity? (C'est Combien L'Infini?)

If "1" represents the smallest knowable measure, the universe has a dimension of 100000000000000000000... What is behind these zeros?

Exposure (Impression)

A chemist demonstrates how to take a photograph of the Eiffel Tower using items you can find in your kitchen.

At What Speed are we Immobilized? (A Quelle Vitesse Sommes-Nous Immobiles?)

I sit in front of the screen, immobile. But the Earth is rotating on its axis, and around the sun, the sun in the Milky Way, the Milky Way in the galactic cluster. Why do I feel immobile?

Dust (Poussieres)

The odyssey of a dust particle, and a prefiguration of Herré's next feature film.

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