DAY WATCH

André Dussoix displays around a hundred creations at the Oron medieval Castle. On this occasion, Mathieu Péteul makes a film having an experimental atmosphere and which explores the possible connections between contemporary art and film. Marie Ruchat plays the part of a visitor who gets lost and merges into the castle’s meanders, among large linen cloths hanging along the former covered parapet walk.

  • Mathieu Péteul
    Director
  • Marie Ruchat
    Key Cast
  • André Dussoix
    Key Cast
  • Addict Films Paris
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 30, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    France
  • Country of Filming:
    Switzerland
  • Language:
    French
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 16 / 16mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.66
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Mathieu Péteul

French filmmaker, works and lives in Paris. Graduated from ESRA film school of Paris in 2001.

From 2007 to 2010 in Norway, he co-writes and co-directs with César Ducasse his first feature film: DARK SOULS (Mørke Sjeler) in which Morten Rudå plays a music teacher who would do anything to trace his daughter’s abuser. It is a satirical and stylized horror film using genre standards to promote an ecological message. Selected in about fifty international festivals including the prestigious Sitges and BIFFF with two nominations for the Méliès d’Argent, DARK SOULS comes back to Norway where it is officially released in movie theaters (January 2011).

After this success, Mathieu directs an experimental short film in a remote valley in Brittany, RUINS OF TIME, where Maïko-Eva Verna plays a pianist in the midst of an identity crisis. Staging a vertiginous descent into the female subconscious, the film is hailed in festivals around the world (Fargo, Amarcort, Columbus…) for its formal audacity and aesthetic search.

DAY WATCH, shot in May 2017 at an exhibition of André Dussoix’s artworks at Oron castle, explores the boundary between contemporary art and film. Halfway between a documentary film and a short film, it follows a visitor’s stroll, Marie Ruchat, in a labyrinthine place loaded with history.

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Director Statement

My main challenge was to report the richness of the exhibition and the signs expressed by the artist in a place so much loaded with history without necessarily having to use speech or a voice over.
I decided to organize the film into chapters using intertitles to lead and guide the spectator as in a silent film. Sequences are split by a colorimetric difference (colors are mixed with black and white) and also a time difference (timelapse, slow motion) while making one with background music or ambient sounds.
The artist’s interviews make it possible to deepen what is already expressed through pictures and sounds. I chose to create different atmospheres made up of original and cinematographic ambient sounds in a search for pure emotions using the beauty of the place and the strength of the artworks displayed.