The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021

Flowing Water, Standing Time

Canada | 2019 | 6 min
- Without dialogue
Other: Patrice Arsenault (Machino), Charles-Antoine Auger (1er assistant caméra), Jeff Côté (P.A.), Elena Hasse (swing), Simon Laroche (ingénieur robotique), Daniel Moïse (opérateur grue)
Costume: Ying Gao
Cast: Charlotte Bolduc, Laurie-Ann Machabert
Sound mixing: Circonflex Productions
Editing: Guillaume Marin
Cinematographer: Maxime Lapointe
Producer: Alexandre De Bellefeuille
Sound: Guillaume Marin
Director: Alexandre De Bellefeuille


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Canadian Premiere -

This project was inspired by neurologist Oliver Sacks’ novel, The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, in which he relates the story of Jimmie G, a 49-year-old former sailor convinced of being aged 19 since having left the Navy. Shocked by his own reflection when Sacks hands him a mirror, Jimmie reverts to his 19-year-old self as soon as his gaze leaves the reflective surface. Having lost any sense of temporal continuity, Jimmie lives as a prisoner to this single, perpetual moment, oscillating between a presence to the world and a presence to self.

Much like Jimmie G, the garments evolve between two states and display perpetual metamorphosis as they react to the chromatic spectrum. This travelling between opposite states – from immobility to movement – does not operate as a dichotomy. Upon the field of time, which injects energy into the very core of inertia, fluctuates the intensity animating each garment in its unique way. These two states are mere dropping-off points among an infinite array of possibilities.

In order to echo this varying mobility, the garments are also capable of chromatic movement. Capable of recognizing the colors in their immediate surroundings, they are at once liquid and chameleon-like, adapting to the slow rhythm of their ever-changing environment. A mirror effect is at play: the garments are reacting to what they see. Much like Oliver Sacks’ patient, they alternate between what they are, and what they can potentially become – all the while embodying the inherent complexity of all things.


Alexandre De Bellefeuille

From fashion photography to documentary film, Alexandre de Bellefeuille’s skillful handling of the image is as versatile as a Swiss army knife.
A talented director, camera operator, and occasional editor, he is recognized for his slick yet eloquent images and dynamic edits.
He gained experience in international documentary via projects for TV5 and Radio-Canada, returning every season with videos and campaigns for brands including Revlon, the Orchestre Métropolitain, National Bank, BMO, Yorkdale, and Unity Technologies.

Biographies have been provided by third parties.
Filmography | Comment par un beau matin d'avril (2016) ; Le dernier jour (2016)

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