REVEALING FORM

AVEC LA TERRE

By Juliette GARRIGUES

OPENING NIGHT PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2016

This documentary is, first and foremost, the story of the creation of a work of art. The creative process will be juxtaposed to the story of its creator, and the meeting of two forms of artistic expressions that are very different and at the same time so close: sculpture and cinema.

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • FRANCE
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, FRENCH
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 71 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Juliette GARRIGUES
    • Writer(s)
    • Juliette GARRIGUES
    • Producer(s)
    • Juliette GARRIGUES (Opening Night Productions), Valérie MIRAMONT (Opening Night Productions), Annick VIDAL (Opening Night Productions)
    • Synopsis
    • Revealing form is primarily the journey of the creation of a work of art, from its rough outline in the drawing, to the elaboration of the sculpture itself out of concrete material, from the block of raw wood to the completion of the work with the final layer of patina.
      The story unravels in several places: Nicolas Alquin's studio in Bagneux, near Paris, and a foundry in Verona, Italy. One of the documentary’s main goals is to capture the creative process of one of Nicolas Alquin's sculptures, from beginning to end. But this movie is also about understanding the thoughts of the artist as he sculpts. With the gesture come the words, the voice of the artist, a voice that is not aimed at deciphering the mystery of creation. Rather, his speech echoes everything around the creation. But what exactly is this “around”?
      It is diverse and free, it is everything that crosses the artist's mind while he creates: his rapport with the material, the choice of a certain kind of material over another, the anguish of direct carving. This “around” can also be more or less close to the piece itself or to the artist’s work in general, ranging from the environment he grew up in, writings that have made a mark on him, certain cultures that may have inspired or influenced him. Ah, careful, now we’re getting closer...
      But no, he will not explain the profound meaning of the creation of his pieces. Just as we will not try to pierce through to the core of his secret, even though we feel a strange pleasure when walking into the studio, that magic and sacred place. What deeply hidden stories live within those walls, other than perhaps the slow labor of carving, or the moment when, on the verge of being completed, one discovers the sculpted piece, all these fellowship-like instants with the material, which make the art of sculpting more of a poetic bearing than a chain of technical procedures.
      But beyond the story of a work and its creator, this documentary intends to illustrate the meeting, at times complicated, between two arts very different but at the same time so close: sculpture and film.
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