Alle de tranen / Every Tear / Toute larme
In the 17th century, with the goal of observing and studying the quality of textiles with the greatest accuracy, a textile merchant from Delft starts to make optical lenses, by melting or grinding small beads of glass. Their magnifying power is so great that he reveals a previously unseen and surprising dimension, unexpected invisible universes, beyond the mesh of the materials. It is with this backdrop that Sarah Vanagt starts her new opus, the eye and optical matters already being, in a more general way, essential aspects of some of her other short films, particularly In Waking Hours (2015). She submits the most ordinary and everyday elements to a 17th-century lens, in an attempt to reproduce the first microscopic images, while in parallel, children going to school in Molenbeek observe, as if for the first time, the world that surrounds them with a lens they have made themselves. Through a cinematographical journey of great visual and audio precision, she provides a singular and sensorial reflection on perception.