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Be Seeing You

Chris Marker, Mario Marret
France, 1967

French (Quebec)


En mars 1967 à Besançon, une grève éclate aux établissements Rhodiaceta qui font partie d’une chaîne d’usines de textiles dépendant du trust Rhône-Poulenc. Cette grève a pris un aspect inhabituel par son refus de dissocier le plan culturel du plan social. Les revendications mises en avant ne concernaient plus seulement les salaires ou la sécurité de l’emploi, mais le mode de vie que la société imposait, impose à la classe ouvrière.

Tënk's film review

Today, some 80 years after France's Popular Front, shouldn’t we be watching these two collective films as a lesson in how to doubt together? Made in 1984, 2084 reflects on trade union freedom, and its outlook for the future. Labour activists filmed back in 1967 predict the movement later to come: Be Seeing You. Here, Chris Marker is still standing strong in defence of a certain persistence of vision, to watch, listen and act together towards building a fairer future.

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Chris Marker

Chris Marker was born in 1921 in Neuilly, France. He began studying philosophy, which was soon interrupted by the world conflict. After the war, he worked for Peuple et Culture, began writing for the magazine "Esprit" and directed his first films, including "Lettre de Sibérie", which made him more widely known. Writer, photographer, filmmaker and finally multimedia artist, Chris Marker is the author of a protean and innovative work. His taste for experimentation bursts out in "La Jetée" (1962), a short film of anticipation announcing his favorite themes: time, memory, the power of images. The same year, he shoots "Le Joli Mai", in the streets of Paris, in the spirit of direct cinema. The seventies were marked by committed films, the most famous of which, "Le fond de l'air est rouge" (1977), was a review of the movements of the sixties all around the world. In this political furrow, he explored the links between individual memory and history in "Sans soleil" (1982) and then in posthumous tributes such as "Le Tombeau d'Alexandre" (1993). In the 1990s, most often in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, he designed several installations that explored the boundaries between the real and the imaginary. He died in Paris in the summer of 2012, making him a reference point for contemporary filmmakers.

Mario Marret

Tour à tour opérateur radio, résistant, explorateur polaire, cinéaste militant et psychanalyste, Mario Marret (1920-2000) eut une vie mouvementée et segmentée. Cinéaste militant entre les années 50 et 60, il inscrit ses réalisations dans le registre du documentaire naturaliste et participe à l'aventure du collectif "Medvedkine" aux côtés de Chris Marker.

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