De Sabre et de Plume

France | 2017 | 10 min
French | Subtitles in English
Author: Thomas Johnson
Cinematography: Katell Djian, Thomas Johnson
Distribution: M Way FIlms
Sound mixing: Benoit Pimont
Editing: Jérôme Legrand
Music: Vincent Segal
Participation: Fondation Mindscape
Cinematographer: Aude Goullioud, Maya Palma
Producer: Isi Harder
Artists: Albert Palma
Production: M Way Films
Translation: Damien Mac Donald


Presented in partnership with DeSerres

World Premiere

East and West meet within Albert Palma, a French artist and master of martial arts. After spending 10 years in Japan practicing the way of the blade and learning katas with the utmost precision, he haunts the night in his Parisian workshop. He describes his creative process, where he endlessly tries to find the perfect movement, as “looking for that one trait that will encompass all the others”. Working designs, rigorousness, and repetition allow him to attain silence, even though he affirms that “the deaf do not need to be silent”. Divided between black ink and white paper is his work, born of the dancing steel of his pen, a composition of abstraction and figuration filled with meditative contemplation.


Thomas Johnson

Born in Grenoble, Thomas Johnson started a career as a journalist and reporter for the magazine Actuel. In 1992, he started directing documentary films that are broadcasted on all major TV channels. He also writed and directed La Bataille de Tchernobyl, awards-winning documentary (Italia Prize, BANFF, Best of Input). He works presently on Mindscape Vision, a web-canal about humanities and arts.
Filmography | SOS Santé pour tous (2016) ; Tapie et la République (2015) ; L’Ombre de Staline (2013) ; 30 ans de guerre au nom de Dieu (2011) ; Nucléaire en alerte (2009) ; La Bataille de Tchernobyl (2007) ; Les Derniers Jours d’Indira Gandhi (2006) ; Les Derniers Jours de Diane Fossey (2006) ; La Main et l’Esprit (2006) ; Homo Sapiens, une nouvelle histoire de l’Homme (2005) ; La Leçon des grands singes (1999).

Screenings playing this movie

Centre Canadien d’Architecture – Théâtre Paul-Desmarais / Canadian Centre for Architecture – Paul-Desmarais Theatre
Screening # 23
Presented by DeSerres
De Sabre et de Plume
FIFA Special Screenings

De Sabre et de Plume

France | 10 min | 2017

French | Subtitles in English

Les Enchanteurs
FIFA Competition

Les Enchanteurs

France | 90 min | 2016

French, Flemish | Subtitles in French

Mlle Zallinger
FIFA Special Screenings

Mlle Zallinger

Belgium | 14 min | 2017

French | Subtitles in English