The Present (United States)
April 24 May 2 2020

The Present

The Present

  • Robert Frank

Synopsis

The old man travels inside his head and his phantoms leave him little respite. Shadows cross every shot, they slip their names into all the time zones of his life, they lie in wait at the bottom of each drawer, behind each window, like the dead tree in the courtyard or a conference of crows in the snow. The diary for the year 1996 begins almost by chance: "I am happy to have found my camera again. Now I shall be able to film. But I don't know what". In search of pictures, in search of a subject, memory reconstructs, the film takes shape despite its author, despite the seeming disorder. As the days go by, Frank becomes aware of this yawning gulf of time which shows up in an exaggerated manner in his pictures and rebels against the realm of over-significant objects. He asks a friend to erase theword memory written on a window; even if it's only a word, the friend finds it sad. The Present, a painful chronic, ends with these words: "I've lost. And so what? That's the question".
 
Yann-Olivier Wicht
Section:  Cinquante
Length: 24'
Country: United States
Year: 1996
Language(s): English
VdR edition : 2019

Production

Ruth Waldburger

Sales Contact

Eliane Iten
VEGA Film SA
distribution@vegafilm.com
Tel. ++41443848090

Screenings

Language(s):  English
Subtitles:  French
  • Tuesday 9 April
  • 10:00
Capitole Leone

Suivi de "Histoire(s) du cinéma – Fatale beauté", 1997, 28’, de Jean-Luc Godard | Followed by Jean-Luc Godard's "Histoire(s) du cinéma – Fatale beauté", 1997, 28’.