Puits de Babel / Well of babel

In the shadow of a tower, a young man is the missing link in an Arabic phone game driven by children. One of them turns a crank and everything comes alive. The inverted tower becomes a well around which human pyramids are built with bodies. The metamorphosed world becomes a party.

À l’ombre d’une tour, un jeune homme est le chaînon manquant d’un jeu de téléphone arabe conduit par des enfants. L’un d’eux tourne une manivelle et tout s’anime. La tour renversée devient un puits autour duquel se construisent des pyramides humaines à même les corps. Le monde métamorphosé devient une fête.

  • Hélène Matte
  • Justice Rutikara
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 12, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
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    September 12, 2019
    Officiel Sélection
  • Manif d'art
    August 7, 2019
    North American Premiere
  • Short FilmFactory

    United States
Director Biography - Hélène Matte

Hélène Matte is a poet who comes from the visual arts. She particularly deals with drawing and poetry as acts of presence . Author, organizer’s events and performance artist , her practice is interdisciplinary. She has to her credit several presentations in Europe, Canada and elsewhere in the Americas,of which the lastest are investments Festival Art Link to Stockholm (Sweden, April 2014 ) and the presentation of the poem action The fuel of life National Museum of Santiago, Chile ( June 2014 ) . In 2003 she made the CD of electro-acoustic poetry Chansons dégoulinantes et poèmes acculés au pied du mur (Dripped songs and Poems Backs to the Wall) as well as the multidisciplinary show of the same title . In 2005, her audio poems Lever du jour sur Kinshasa became a videographic project and was published by Planète Rebelle. In 2007, her show TRAVEL TRAVEL won the prize VIDERE. In 2008, she became the first champion of SLAM poetry of her region and participate in the provincial finals . Since, her work is presented on many stages and participates in international events . In 2009, she participated in the International Poetry Festival of Namur (Belgium) and present a performance at the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec and at the Galerie Jean -François Meyer (Marseille, France). In 2010, she is active in the Spring of Poets of Quebec, Expoésie (Périgueux, France), and present at the festival Québec en toutes lettres a multimedia installation. In 2011, she was in the festivals Voix d’Amériques and Metropolis Blue and participates in a literary tour of Colombia. The same year, she began a PhD in Litterature , Performing arts and Screen in which she made her third stand-up show VI_DE_DI_EU , following by Les Robes. She is also working with community movement and school, introducing youth to many kind of poetry. Actually, her interdisciplinary project ZumTrobaR, is dedicated to the interpretation of Paul Zumthor's text, with the multi-instrumentalist musician Michel Côté.

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