At the end of October (a few days before my birthday actually) Nicole Brenez asked me to produce a small film for a great man, a short film, a film like a birthday song, a common gift. Nicole sends me many portraits that she likes very much, some are historical documents, others pictures made by JLG himself. She also sends me documents, films, recordings. An incredible amount of stuff for a month of immersion. The birthday is December 3. I don’t know why, but I immediately wanted to grab my camera and take JLG to a screen on a boat, for a ride in the port of Rotterdam (where I live). I have tried several times to express this intuition. I wanted to film. Maybe I can’t imagine making a movie without shooting. Maybe I wanted to go home with my new camera, to film this harbor which will be the subject of future projects. I don’t know, I’m not looking. I go, I film. I sort. So I started cooking after this shoot. I tried, I tried a lot of things to come up with that first birthday song. And from this first draft, together, we cut and composed the shape so that I could formulate the second version, the one that we were going to send to Jean-Luc Godard, Printtemps. JLG 90 Essays is the first version of that “birthday song” that Nicole Brenez and I addressed to Godard on December 3, 2020.
Jacques Perconte, December 30, 2020
315MB | 08m 28s | 1920×1080 | mkv