2017/18 Theme: ‘Places and Stories’

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
  • islands
  • 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

 

 

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