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PROGRAM 2 AN OCEANIC FEELING
La Pieuvre


Country: France
Year: 1927
Duration: 13'
Direction: Jean Painlevé

Sinopsis

The many short films Painlevé made featuring crustaceans and other sea creatures possess an informational function true to the filmmaker’s formation as a biologist. Yet coupled with this is a desire to activate a sense of wonder and, at times, to draw upon a surrealist-inflected simultaneity of fascination and repulsion. In "La Pieuvre", the octopus’s movements can be disarmingly graceful, but equally elicit a very different feeling: the soft undulations of the cephalopod’s skeleton-less body provoke an unsettling sensation of oozing putrefaction. Painlevé associated his films with a subversion of reason, asking, “Does the complete understanding of a natural phenomenon strip away its miraculous qualities? It is certainly a risk. But it should at least maintain all of its poetry, for poetry subverts reason and is never dulled by repetition. Besides, a few gaps in our knowledge will always allow for a joyous confusion of the mysterious, the unknown, the miraculous.”

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
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PantallaIberofestLa Mesta
PARTNERS
Filmoteca de NavarraPlanetario de PamplonaMuseo OteizaHotel Tres ReyesHotel Maisonave
MEDIA PARTNER
Radio 3

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