Xénophon Tsoumas

How the alphabet turned bleu - Film - 25min - 2017

présenté dans le cadre de l'exposition panorama 19


The A is yellow and Sunday is red, a man thinks while typing on a typewriter.
When Ariadne leaves Luc, he no longer sees colours in the same way.
His perception becomes synesthetic, associating colours and sensations, drastically changing his memories of his life with Ariadne and his perception of time.
Shot in a continuous take and combining filmed and modelled images, How the alphabet turned blue is a journey through the memory of a character who attempts to evade it.

Xénophon Tsoumas

Born in Agrinio, in Greece, Xenophon Tsoumas studied cinema at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
A meticulous and perfectionist researcher, Xenophon has an erotic relationship with the camera lens and considers that the dimensions of lenses are as important as the approach to actors. According to him, the range of lenses in combination with movement can also provoke a change in the context of a work. Concerning sound direction, he says that, “sound tells the story of what is not included in the frame, and the music tells the story of what is not included in the sound.”
His film Marmaga was presented at the 20th International Film Festival of Athens, in 2014.
He currently lives and works between France and Greece.


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Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing