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Abattoirs


Thierry Knauff
France, Belgium, 1987
11'


Synopsis


Une évocation poétique des abattoirs, à l'écoute de la mémoire des murs. L'attente des animaux, leur disparition et les traces de leur passage. Thierry Knauff réalise avec ce film court, sans commentaire, une méditation sur les traces de vie et de mort dans d'anciens abattoirs photographiés autrefois par Marc Trivier.

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Tënk's film review


Instead of giving one, unequivocal viewpoint, this film offers a mix of visual angles, spanning still shots, tracking shots and archive footage. The time frames all are jumbled up, and the soundscapes vastly intensify and maintain our sense of confusion, leaving our questions unanswered. Are we dealing with the perils of a building reduced to silence, or the portrait of a mass slaughter with a wider meaning? Is this a requiem? The dry sounds are rarely synchronous, gradually building up to create a thin musicalized layer, like a faint heartbeat, that throws our initial state of mind, and keeps us on our toes.

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filmmaker

Thierry Knauff

Auteur, cinéaste indépendant et poète, Thierry Knauff est né à Kinshasa en 1957. Il est étudié les lettres à l’Université catholique de Louvain et la réalisation cinématographique à l’Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle (INSAS). C’est là qu’il réalise ses trois premiers courts métrages, où il développe un style expérimental et son goût pour le noir et blanc. "Abattoirs" a remporté le Grand prix du jury au festival allemand Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen.

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