Cruises, 1989, Cécile Fontaine (Foto: Light Cone)

Films by Cécile Fontaine

Home Movie FR, 1986, 16mm, color, 5 min
Overeating FR, 1984, 16mm, color, 3 min
Almaba FR, 1988, 16mm, color, 8 min
Cruises FR, 1989, 16mm, color, 10 min
Japon Series FR, 1991, 16mm, color, 7 min
Safari Land FR, 1996, 16mm, color and bw, 10 min
La pêche miraculeuse FR, 1995, 16mm, color, 10 min
Spaced Oddities FR, 2004, 16mm, bw, 4 min
Silver Rush FR, 1998, 16mm, color, 8 min
The Last Lost Shot FR, 1999, 16mm, color, 7 min
Cross World FR, 2006, 16mm, color, 15 min
 
Already back in 1991, in their first "Found Footage" show, sixpackfilm dedicated a special program to Cécile Fontaine, whose work explores the possibilities of manipulating the film strip in incomparable ways. She makes handmade films in the truest sense of the word: no artificial intelligence would be able to repeat her interventions and their impact. For Fontaine, the original material is an object she wants to attack, testing its limits. Her methods are varied and include chemical baths, dissolution of color coating or the entire emulsion, re-filming the material in a self-made optical printer, additional dyeing, and even cutting up and rearranging the originals. Even color stock may be added to a black and white image. The textures and optical effects underline the plastic properties of celluloid as a physical object, and simultaneously create interesting changes in meaning. Cruises, one of Fontaine's greatest works, combines two films about leisure activities at the sea, sailing and cruising. Embedded in ravishing colors and partially obliterated, the people in the films appear as ghosts or revenants from a dangerously beautiful idyllic world. To this date, Cécile Fontaine has made more than 80 films. In 1991, she founded a collective called "Dissolution/Six Solutions" together with five other outstanding female French film artists. (Brigitta Burger-Utzer)

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