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Dark Water

Stéphanie Régnier
France, 2018
Production : Survivance, L' Oumigmag

Créole guyanais
French, Englisk


A village like an island in the middle of a huge swamp in a tropical area. A flooded savannah plain crossed by herds of zebus grazing floating grass carpets. Fishy black waters sheltering strange animals. Cornelia takes her canoe to gather in her nets atipas, yayas, and coulons, while in the distance the gauchos gather the cows. Antonia remembers the time when she also drove her canoe fastly on the black waters. Now her canoe is broken and her bones too worn to be able to carry her. She shares her joys and sorrows with the spirits around her. She sings Kasékò, this music invented by the slaves of French Guiana and transmitted from generation to generation until today.

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This could have been a sound creation in its own right, without the visual experience; nevertheless, the images we’re offered in no way detract from listening to it – instead, they reinforce the suspense residing in these spaces. The remarkable thing about this film, which keeps its distance from any picturesque dimension, is the way in which it listens to the silences for their duration. The images are inhabited by listening to the voices that seem, like the fauna, to emerge from the depths of time. Henri Michaux talked about “resembling nature”, but here, everything is profoundly natural.

Daniel Deshays
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Stéphanie Régnier

After graduating from the Bordeaux School of Fine Arts, in 2003, Stéphanie Régnier co-founded the project “Syndicat d’initiatives, laboratoire d'expérimentation socio-artistique”, which she developed until 2007 in different urban contexts with various artistic collaborators. In 2008, she attended the Ecole du Doc in Lussas and made two short documentaries, “Nuit”, and “Jacky Jay, chemin des jardins”, which was selected at the Traces de Vie Festival in Clermont-Ferrand. “Kelly”, her first feature-length documentary, was selected for various international festivals and in 2013, won the Jury Jeune Award at the Cinéma du Réel Festival and then in 2014, an Etoile (star) from SCAM (the French Guild of Authors) and the Découverte de la Scam Award. From 2015 to 2017, she directed the artistic programming for the Doc en Mai Festival in Bordeaux before making the medium-length documentary “Eaux Noires”. Filmed in French Guiana, the Creole-language film went on to win the prize for Best Soundtrack at the Sole Luna Festival in Palermo. She is currently busy writing her first feature length fiction, “L’Apicultrice”, which she is developing at the Femis Screenplay Studio. In parallel, she is making a new documentary, “Éloge du Musicien sur les Routes”.

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