Manuel von Stürler
Switzerland, France, 84 min
Sight, like other senses, is as much a matter of personal experience as of the absence of possible comparisons. How can we know what others see and in what way? How can we describe when our reference points are constantly escaping? Faced with the risk of blindness since childhood, Manuel von Stürler lives in dread of this fate and condition; his lust for sight (Fureur de voir) retraces an initiatory journey into the universe of vision and senses, into the definition of darkness or of nothing. After Hiver nomade, his first film that notably won Best Documentary at the 2012 European Film Awards, which followed a winter transhumance with great sensitivity, the filmmaker tackles his own story this time. He develops a profoundly personal film, with an inevitably universal reach. In an introspective search linked to origins and to childhood, to present and past suffering, to the anguish of beings, the filmmaker fashions a cinematographical language and an immersive and absorbing visual device, which speaks to each and every one of us.