De Marina Smorodinova film 2018, 17min
To write this I decided to start with a unique location: a swimming pool that made a strong impression on me.
I started going there often, meeting people, finding my film.
I discovered a “plot”: after forty years of service, the pool was closing for work. I now started writing a fiction and observing the pool in the present. I chose a large cast (30 people). I found my two main characters.
When I got to the editing suite I felt the poetic side of the place was lost. I erased my characters. I listened to what the images were telling me, while trying to get close to my feelings.
In the end I had the impression I was in the process of making “The Black Square” by Malevich: lots of thought, lots of work, to end up with a simple form, “doable in five minutes.”
In my case, however, it is a square drawn by a child aged four. It looks like a square, but it is still awkward. Squares are not easy to draw.
Piscine olympique Jean-Éric Bousch, Forbach.
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