PASSAGES

PASSAGES is a transfigured crossing through the traumatic media memories linked to the approach and entry of humanity into the third millennium. Out of time and out of context, the images of catastrophes, oppressions, hopes or revolts, echo each other and intertwine in a stunning ballet, at once suspended, agitated and constantly transforming. Carried away and repelled by a rough, repetitive and mournful soundtrack, the spectator physically experiences the tyranny of the media spectacle, dominated by the anguish of civilization collapse.

  • Elileon
    Director
  • Elileon Films
    Producer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    PASSAGES
  • Project Type:
    Experimental
  • Runtime:
    51 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    100 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    France
  • Shooting Format:
    Varied video
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Elileon

Elileon's artistic project emerged in the second half of the 90s, at the end of training oriented towards cinema and television, enriched by numerous personal experiments in super 8mm and video. For him, it's about to explore the working on moving images in their fundamental graphic and rhythmic dimensions. The goal is to construct poetic and singular film objects, nourished by the representations carried by the images but immediately going beyond a simple media function.

Between 1995 and 1999, Elileon begins the production of a “video-poetic” trilogy. Each of the three films was constructed at its own pace and according to its own logic, depending on the film material used and the feelings of the artist. A long-term work, the complete trilogy, entitled GAZES-TIME, was published in 2020, with the completion of the last part. In 2023, Elileon contributes to the creation of the Elileon Films association, dedicated to the production and distribution of art films.

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Director Statement

PASSAGES is the final part of the GAZES-TIME video trilogy, through which I wish to recount of different contemplative attitudes linked to feelings of loss, separation and dereliction. These are three poetic and meditative studies on the sight and its ability to isolate living beings in their subjective perception of the world. The three videos have in common to consider, on the one hand, the sight as a fundamental agent in the separation of living beings from the world, as an expression of an impotent wish to resist the passage of time, as a source of suffering and anxiety and, on the other hand, as a privileged instrument of aesthetic enjoyment and intimate contact with the world, life (and God?), through the conscious perception of its light and its movement.