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PROGRAM 5 AN OCEANIC FEELING
Atlantiques


Country: France, Senegal
Year: 2009
Duration: 15'
Direction: Mati Diop

In "Atlantiques", time’s arrow breaks, wrinkling through dream and fantasy. As young men discuss journeying to Europe by pirogue, they speak of the voyage in the past tense, yet are located still in Africa. Does the crossing lie ahead or behind, in reality or fantasy? The linear temporality of modernity, of progress, is undone. This fireside conversation is accompanied by the sounds of an ocean that remains out of frame in all but one shot. Beginning and ending with dreams tied to the sea, this penumbral, palindromic film pleats its centre, when a death is reported but not seen. "Atlantiques" departs from the direct representation of suffering to ask whether our ethical consciousness might be activated instead by fiction and blockage, by the powers of the false. Turning away from spectacle, Diops finds in the obliquity of storytelling a subtle means of confronting an ongoing humanitarian catastrophe.

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 NavarraFilmoteca Española
CinetecaFilmoteca CatalunyaInstitut FrançaisHotel Tres ReyesHotel Maisonave
MEDIA PARTNER
Radio 3

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