BARTHES* (France)



  • Vincent Gérard, Bernard Marcadé, Cédric Laty


“There is no country but childhood's” said Roland Barthes in a lovely text simply entitled The Light of the South West. This region that he had chosen from them all, Urt on the banks of the Adour, the village sheltering his mother’s house. He would often come here to rediscover his pleasure in writing: “The pleasure of these mornings in U.: the sun, the house, the roses, the silence, the music, the coffee, the work, the a-sexual calm, a break from aggressions.” It is here that he now rests in the same grave, close to the maternal breast. In contrast to this understandable nostalgia, Vincent Gérard, Cédric Laty and Bernard Marcadé have come up with an invigorating device to pay tribute to the semiologist. Nothing less than a descent down the Adour in the company of BARTHES*, in “impromptu” meeting with gymnasts, a striptease artist, cyclists, etc. that strangely illuminate the extracts from the famous Mythologies read in voiceover. On the edges of documentary and fiction, this essay stages and universalises them in the light of the South West, here, and now.

Emmanuel Chicon

Length: 51'
Country: France
Year: 2017
Language(s): English, French
Premiere status at VdR: World Premiere
VdR edition : 2017


Cédric Laty  (Lamplighter Films)
Vincent Gérard  (Lamplighter Films)

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Language(s):  English, French
  • Sa 22 April 2017
  • 16:30
Usine à Gaz

Followed by a discussion

La projection de BARTHES* samedi 22 avril 16:30 est en VO français, sans sous-titres (in French, no subtitles)

  • Su 23 April 2017
  • 14:30
Capitole Fellini


La projection de BARTHES* dimanche 23 avril 14:30 est en VO anglais, sans sous-titres (in English, no subtitles)