This year’s theme is ‘Les lieux et les histoires’: Places and Stories.
The Cinematheque team are keen to emphasise that we’re talking about real places, not generic spaces. There are two pieces of (optional) reading: some pages from Michel Foucault’s ‘Heteretopias’, and from Georges Perec’s Species of Spaces.
Foucault’s Heterotopias is the more relevant. Alain Bergala’s typology of Places in film covers:
- Places that are defined by their role in a story
- Forbidden, dangerous, or secret rooms and other places
- Places that exist in memory
- Places that are revisited, that have changed over time
- ‘Alternative spaces’, which ‘alternative communities’ inhabit, which are owned by ‘others’.
- Memorial places: places dedicated to public memory
More concretely, there’s a list of places that can be drawn from Foucault’s Heterotopias:
- boats, trains, (space ships) – vehicles that function as complete worlds
- gardens – bounded places to which the world is brought, in plant form..
- prisons, and other places bounded by rules and norms of behaviour
- fairgrounds, dance floors, games pitches
- ruins, haunted rooms and houses, spooky basements
- Places where ‘time’ is collected: museums, galleries, libraries
- Mirrors – which frame ‘uncanny’ spaces – mirrors reflect real places but as not-real
The Vimeo list of suggested clips is here: https://vimeopro.com/user21775187/des-lieux-et-des-histoires and the password is <Places> When you click on each link, the category of the clip is at the bottom of the video window.
The Rules of the Game Word doc is here: RULES OF GAME Places and Stories EN