Ateliers | D.Gagnon & A.Stonys

The Festival’s 2016 guests of honour for the Ateliers: the Canadian Dominic Gagnon and the Lithuanian Audrius Stonys, two major directors on the international scene in the field of documentary filmmaking.

Encounters with two internationally renown directors

For its traditional Ateliers, Visions du Réel welcomes two key filmmakers from the world of documentary cinema. The guests of honour sharing their world and working methods with the public this year are: the Canadian director Dominic Gagnon, whose approach revolves around sound installations, machines and concepts; and the Lithuanian Audrius Stonys, who ceaselessly questions the world in his creations, thus blending the material with the spiritual.

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Audrius Stonys: filmaker of the invisible

The work of Audrius Stonys takes the form of a quest opening onto an imagination composed of fragility and poetry. Heaven and earth, above and below, the immanent and the transcendent inhabit his filmmaking. His latest achievements – principally short and medium-length films — question the very gesture of filming through the use of celluloid and digital technology. This way of working influences the aesthetics of his films; it is not uncommon for film accidents to be shown to the spectator. His cinema is a form of speech, via images, directly influenced by his life under the lies and propaganda of the Soviet era.

Audrius Stonys: films screened at Visions du Réel, 15– 23 April 2016

2014        Gates of The Lamb (44’)

2012        Cenotaph (63’)

2011        Ramin (58’)

2010        I Walked Through Fire, You Were With Me (37’)

2008        Four Steps (42’)

2007        The Bell (56’)

2006        Uku Ukai (30’)

2004        Countdown (45’)

2001        alone (16’), Audience Award at Visions du Réel 2001

2000        Flight Over Lithuania or 510 Seconds of Silence (8’)

1999        Fedia. Three Minutes After The Big Bang (10’)

1998        Harbour (10’)

1996        Flying Over Blue Field (20’)

1995        Antigravitation (20’)

1993        Apostle of Ruins (18’)

1992        Earth of The Blind (24’)

1990        Baltic Way (10’)

1989        Open The Door to Him Who Comes (10’)

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Dominic Gagnon: cinéaste du chaos

Réalisateur, artiste d’installation et de performance, Dominic Gagnon travaille à partir d’images issues du web. Ses œuvres interrogent la spécificité du cinéma tout en suggérant l’éclatement de ses cadres formels. Par ces torsions, sa pratique remet en question les modalités institutionnelles et culturelles de production et de consommation d’images. Son travail se concentre sur les thèmes des mythologies contemporaines, des productions marginales de l’image en mouvement et de leur censure, des conditions de médiation entre l’œuvre et le spectateur. Les problématiques de la violence, de l’économie, des sans-abris, de l’identité ou encore du sadomasochisme font partie de son propos.

Films de Dominic Gagnon projetés à Visions du Réel, du 15 au 23 avril 2016

2015        of the north (74’), Prix du Jury Régionyon à Visions du Réel 2015

2013        Du rouge à lèvres (1’)

2013        Hoax_Canular (91’)

2012        Society's Space (60’)

2012        Big Kiss Goodnight (62’)

2011        Pieces And Love All to Hell (61’)

2010        DATA (61’)

2009        RIP in Pieces America (61’)

2007        High Speed (47’) 

2005        Blockbuster History (22’)

2004        Total Recall (5’)

2004        The Matrix (4’)

2002        ISO (75’)

2000        Du moteur à explosion (41’)

1997        Beluga Crash Blues (19’)

1996        Parapluie Bomb City (12’)