23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
“A terrible winter came. Snow was falling in endless flurry. The wind cooled down the air and the earth. The sun stopped shining. Three winters came without a summer that would follow them.” These words open the documentary dystopia conceived as personal correspondence between a woman/the nature and the last surviving man. On the background of images of natural scenery and desolate achievements of the civilization, a poetic confession of feelings is followed by descriptions of banal experiences and symbolic situations, all presented with a declamatory diction. In the last moments of humanity, the severed bond between the loving mother and her lost and rediscovered son is restored again.
„You loved me as a male loves a woman, with his worst defects. You wanted to possess me, to dominate me, to control me, you wanted to strip me. You choked me, you devoured me. You loved me for you only, you took all I had. And you did not know you were going to die.“ F. Cousseau
Frédéric Cousseau (1963) started his career as a rock musician; since the 1980s, he makes documentary, fiction, and experimental films. The Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival presented his films Pornographic Isolation (2011) and Coal & Cossacks (2013) in the section Short Joy.
Blandine Huk (1969) is a professional journalist, and she regularly collaborates with Frederic Cousseau.
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|producer:||Frédéric Cousseau, Blandine Huk|
|editing:||Blandine Huk, Frédéric Cousseau|