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PROGRAM 1 AN OCEANIC FEELING
Barque sortant du port - Vue N° 9


Country: France
Year: 1897
Duration: 1'
Direction: Louis Lumière

Sinopsis

Two women and two children watch as three men in a rowboat leave the shore to bob and sway in the breaking waves. Just before the shot comes to an end, the movement of the sea causes the boat to lurch to the left. What happens to the rowers? We will never know. For Dai Vaughan, Barque sortant du port stands as a special case of the cinema’s unique power for capturing contingent moments. He elevates the film over perhaps better known examples, such as the wind that blows through the trees of "Repas de bébé" (1895) or the dust of "Démolition d’un mur" (1896), because its embrace of the unplannable is not mere background but something at the very centre of the action, embroiling and overtaking the human figures. Faced with the sea’s swell, the rowers respond “to the challenge of the spontaneous moment” and, in so doing, “become integrated into its spontaneity… Man, no longer the mountebank self-presenter, has become equal with the leaves and the brick dust—and as miraculous.” Here, the ocean and the cinema—united by inhuman animus and a penchant for flux—conspire to dislodge man from his pedestal. No longer separate from nature, and certainly not its master, man is dwarfed by the unruly, intractable contingency of the water. 

PROMOTED BY
Gobierno de Navarra
ORGANIZED BY
NICDO
WITH THE AID OF
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes AudiovisualesAcción Cultural Española
WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Ayuntamiento de PamplonaGoethe InstitutCentro de Arte Contemporáneo de HuarteTeatro GayarreLa Fábrica
MEMBER OF
PantallaIberofestLa Mesta
PARTNERS
Filmoteca de NavarraPlanetario de PamplonaMuseo OteizaMuseo Universidad de NavarraHotel Tres ReyesHotel Maisonave
MEDIA PARTNER
Radio 3

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