2011-2020ExperimentalFranceJacques Perconte

Jacques Perconte – Printtemps (2020)

“For Jean-Luc Godard,with all the admiration and affection of
Jacques Perconte and Nicole Brenez,December 3, 2020.”

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. Of course, I go for it, although I wonder how I could do something like this. That JLG sees one of my films, that he tampers with it and uses it is a blessing, a huge honor, but it’s quite another thing to send him images, to make a little film for him, so humble the gesture be it … Nicole Brenez sends me many portraits that she likes very much, some are historical documents, others images made by JLG himself.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. We talked a lot, and Nicole Brenez sent me pictures, music, extracts in the magical historian that she is. And from this first draft, together we cut and composed the form so that I could formulate the second version, the one that we were going to send to Jean-Luc Godard, with all our admiration and affection. My workbook does not serve as a plan, they are notes taken as they go, without any real order. I don’t read it again. I think, I calculate, I pose things that are useful in the moment. I draw from time to time, sometimes unimportant things, sometimes only one annotation is fundamental. Sometimes I put the “scenario” down, and I erase everything on my computer…The only intelligible traces of the making of this film are our email exchanges with Nicole Brenez: “Your awesome ‘tracks moment’ reminded me of this text by Albert Gleizes that I am focusing on: “A gesture of the craftsman and the directed movement he imprints operates a metamorphosis, a change occurs, the raw material comes alive with time, it becomes formal. The artisan memory flies towards what is waiting. The craftsman did not fail, he remained faithful to life and he made life.” (Albert Gleizes, “The Rainbow, Key to Romanesque Art”, December 1943)

Jacques Perconte, December 30, 2020

254MB | 06m 33s | 1920×1080 | mkv


Subtitles:English, French

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