MOVING STORIES (7', Belgium, 2011)

 

The new work of the always surprising visual artist NICOLAS PROVOST, author of PLOTPOINT (BIEFF 2010) and STARDUST (BIEFF 2011), takes us on a trip to the skies. Over seductive images of a plane flying in the sunset, we hear the off-screen dialogue between a man and a woman. Without ever seeing them, they fully appeal to our imagination. Stock footage is cheaper than shooting new material and is mainly used to fill editing gaps in a film or to illustrate a needed lacking landscape. PROVOST shows that it can have esthetic and cinematic value in itself and can tell a story. In this film, he uses nothing but stock footage of a Boeing plane, flying towards a sunset.

Director: NICOLAS PROVOST

 

Screenplay: NICOLAS PROVOST

Cinematography: NICOLAS PROVOST

Editing: NICOLAS PROVOST

Sound: NICOLAS PROVOST

Producer: NICOLAS PROVOST



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NICOLAS PROVOST graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Gent, Belgium in 1994, but spent the last two years of his studies as an exchange student experimenting with video at the academy in Bergen, Norway. PROVOST spends the next 8 years in Oslo, working as an illustrator, graphic designer and art director. In 1999 he starts making films again that quickly find their way to international film and visual art platforms. His work is a reflection on the grammar of cinema and the relation between visual art and the cinematic experience. His films, PLOT POINT, SUSPENSION, GRAVITY, PAPILLON D’AMOUR, OH, DEAR and EXOTICORE have been broadcasted, screened and exhibited worldwide and have been awarded at prestigious festivals as, among others, Venice, Sundance, Rotterdam, San Francisco Film Festival.

 

Venice Orizzonti 2011 / Rotterdam Film Festival 2012 / Hamburg Short Film Festival 2012

 

“My field of interest is to question the phenomenon of cinema. My work is a reflection on the grammar of cinema and the relation between visual art and the cinematic experience. Foremost, I try to grasp our collective film memory and make poetry.” (NICOLAS PROVOST)

 

“In his most recent short film, NICOLAS PROVOST plays once more with the grammar and the codes of (Hollywood) cinema. With a limited number of images, an absorbing soundtrack and a minimal story line, the artist manages to stimulate the viewers’ imagination to the maximum. MOVING STORIES strings together some four fragments of flying passenger airplanes. Gleaming in the sunlight, they glide high above the clouds. Over these seductive images, Provost places a dialogue between a man and a woman. Their voices appear to be ascending from the airplane: “I am seeing something that was always hidden. I am involved in a mystery” and “You are a mystery and I like you very much”. Is this a confession, a declaration of love? Provost leaves the question unanswered. In this short study of the dramatic and narrative power of sound and off screen dialogue, Provost once again proves to be a talented manipulator of the cinema lingo and reaches, through minimal means, a strongly emotionally loaded result.” (Argost Centre for Art and Media)

 

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