Le bal des choses
Lou Le Forban (FR)
Le bal des choses
Film -

This film is organised around objects and their tendency to live their own lives and to engender a multiple, labyrinthine narrative. Gradually, these objects become associated with gestures: grasping, caressing, rubbing, throwing, breaking, selling, stealing, playing. From these uses arise situations and characters that weave a palimpsest-narrative in which the thread of images intertwines as in a tapestry or the carpet in which – why not — we catch our feet because the objects become clues, false leads, all within a playful dynamic. The set is on a scale with the city of Marseille. The city whose pulse races is inhabited by continuous, uncontrolled movement that is always going beyond its limits. Over the period of a day, objects deploy their uses, coupled with the action of various figures: a house cleaner/fisherman, an artist and vanitas painter, charming thugs, an old couple of sado-masochistic lovers, a young woman in red with black, white-striped tights, or again the king of the antique dealers. Everyday life slips gradually towards absurdity, and the narrative becomes an objeu [object/game], to use Francis Ponge’s term. Hence the explosive encounter between a stiff brush and a hairy wallet, a cafetière takings a bath, an orange weeping (the cause of its grief unknown), gloves breathing deeply from a good morning of cleaning, a rope weighing anchor then binding lovers, a bag stolen, a life buoy seeking to understand terrestrial life, and everywhere drawings flying and dice being cast.

Lou Le Forban
Lou Le Forban France
Promotion Marie Curie

Born in Marseille in 1997, Lou Le Forban entered the Beaux-Arts, Paris, in 2015 and spent her exchange year at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. In 2020 she obtained her DNSAP from the Beaux-Arts and began studying at Le Fresnoy. She has taken part in group shows such as the 70th edition of Jeune Création, and “Close to Driving Ban” at the Stadtmuseum in Düsseldorf. She is a member of two artistic collectives who work with performance and video, and whose pieces were presented at the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles in Paris and the FFT theatre in Düsseldorf. Her work is inspired by burlesque cinema and explores the relations that our bodies have with objects, whether playful and joyous or, on the contrary, alienating. The relation is therefore ambivalent, critical on one inside but also tender, even childlike, in an attempt to reinvent a relation to the object that involves the body and gets away from the logos or any pre-established functional use.

  • Scénario: Lou Le Forban
  • Interprétation: Domoina Rakotoarimanana, Marijo Foerhlé, Bernard Verdeille
  • Image: Lucas Sevrin
  • Montage image: Jérôme Erhart, Lou Le Forban
  • Son: Jules Valeur
  • Montage son: Ludivine Pelé
  • Mixage: Clément Decaudin
  • Accompagnement artistique: Athiná-Rachél Tsangári
  • Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains est né de la volonté du ministère de la Culture et de la Communication d’implanter dans le nord de la France, un établissement supérieur d’enseignement artistique d’un type nouveau, pôle d’excellence d’envergure nationale et internationale, dont les références furent exprimées par quelques formules telles que « un IRCAM des arts plastiques » ou encore « une villa Médicis high-tech ».

Sa pédagogie, principalement fondée sur la production d’œuvres de toute sorte dont le point commun est l’intégration de techniques audiovisuelles professionnelles, en fait un lieu de production, d’expérimentation et de diffusion totalement inédit.

Source: http://www.lefresnoy.net/fr/Le-Fresnoy/presentation
  • Ville de Marseille - Mission Cinéma