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L'Héritage de la chouette - IV. Nostalgie ou le Retour impossible 


Chris Marker
Greece, France, 1989
Production : Attica Art Productions, FIT Productions, La Sept

26'
French
English


Synopsis


En 1987 et 1988, des États-Unis au Japon, de Géorgie au Cap-Vert, Chris Marker part à la rencontre d’historiens, de philosophes, d’hommes politiques, d’artistes. En prenant pour point de départ 13 mots de racine grecque, à travers lesquels il questionne les valeurs de la Grèce antique et son héritage au cours des siècles, Marker se penche sur les grands repères de notre monde contemporain. Expérience érudite et ludique, enivrante tout autant qu’instructive, "L’Héritage de la chouette" invente une autre manière de penser, de connaître, de réfléchir. Une œuvre pédagogique hors normes dont nous vous proposons 6 épisodes tout au long de l’été !

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L’intervention de George Steiner ("La Grèce moderne, pardonnez-moi, n’a rien à faire avec la Grèce antique. C’est une parodie, ça n’existe même pas") a valu à Marker de sérieux soucis avec son sponsor, la Fondation Onassis ! De fait, il n’y pas que les européens qui ont rêvé la Grèce. Les grecs eux-mêmes fantasment cette histoire passée. Vassilis Vassilikos dit très justement : "Ce qui peut définir, d’un point de vue intellectuel, un Grec, c’est la nostalgie d’un pays qu’il n’a pas, qu’il a eu mais qu’il n’a pas. Dans le mot nostalgie, il y a le mot ‘nostos’ – c’est le désir de rentrer chez soi – et le mot ‘algos’ – c’est le mot peine. Il y a le désir de la peine, et la peine du désir."

Arnaud Lambert
Réalisateur

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filmmaker

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.

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