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GUILLAUME MASSART

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Born in 1983 in the French Ardennes, Guillaume Massart directs and produces documentary films, essays, experimental films and video art.

His first short film, Xenocristal (9 minutes, 2008, supported by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris), forecasts his later works : halfway between documentary forms and video art, it explores a peculiar place and transforms a factual event, the invasion of the National Library gardens by starlings followed by a falconer frightening them away, into a fantastic event. Sending us back to Hitchcock and genre cinema mixed with aesthetic modernity, it symbolically deals with the way immigrants are repressed. Xenocristal contains the core of Guillaume Massart's later films, through the way he questions the mise en scene of reality and its aesthetic and political consequences upon figurative modernity.

 
 

Passwonder (26 minutes, 2008, AMIP) (26 minutes, 2009, AMIP) develops this movement. The voice over (read by Michael Lonsdale) deconstructs the boring aesthetics of animal documentaries, subverting and transforming it into an offensive political weapon, turned against the Vincennes detention center, where illegal immigrants are hidden away from the public gaze. The film was presented at the FID Marseilles in 2009 and was broadcast on French TV channel CineCinema Culte, before being exhibited the same year in the Galerie G, Paris.

 

There Be No Dragons (45 minutes, 2009, Black Bird), his third film, was shown at Cinéma du Réel 2010, in Paris. It was edited in DVD by Docnet. It sheds the light on the declining industries in the French Ardennes, giving the floor to three generations of struggling workers - victims of the capitalist dragon.

Pompeii (a new collection) (6 minutes, 2009, Triptyque Films) his fourth short, is part of the art video collection OUTRAGE&REBELLION, set by avant-garde cinema programmer Nicole Brenez. It was screened in many international festivals. An allegory of the mercantile system, it criticizes the way it turns human relations into stone.

 
 

His fifth short, At Dusk (11 minutes, 2010, screened at the Oblò Film Festival [OFF] in Lausanne), was produced by Triptyque Films, the production company he created in 2010 with Thomas Jenkoe and Charles H. Drouot. The movie is a ironic walk through a temporary funfair in Levallois-Perret, celebrating Hollywood myths and merchandising.

Hijacking the Box (59 minutes, 2011, in competition at Cinéma du Réel 2012), his sixth film, records the utopia of avant-garde artists gathering during one week, their failures and accomplishments as well as their aesthetic revendications. Co-directed with Julien Meunier, it confirms the validity of the self-production experiment with Triptyque Films.

 

The latter goes on in 2012 with Physiopolis IV (55 minutes, 2012), his seventh film, which he wrote and directed with Adrien Mitterrand. Guillaume Massart extends his questionings about utopia and its possible abuses, and about contemporary representation of reality.

Hard Goods (2013, 26 minutes) is his eigth film, a short video art piece using split-screen as a way of showing documentary facts.

 
 

The Center (2014, 18 minutes), co-directed with Julien Meunier is his ninth film, using VHS video to explore an ultramodern shopping center.

His tenth and latest short film, Toward Singing Tomorrows (15 minutes, 2014), is co-directed with Adrien Mitterrand. It's the last chapter of his protest tetralogy about the ultra-liberal French city of Levallois-Perret.

 
 

 

 

 

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