At least that's what he thought.
All this was actually a mirage...
Such graceful smiles
18'10, DCP, 16/9
Production Le Fresnoy, National Contemporary Arts Studio,
Shown at the 2016 Blow-up Festival at the Chicago Arthouse Film Festival,
2016 PFFM Phoenix Film Festival in Melbourne, 2016 ACFF and Los Angels Cine
Such graceful smiles is a 18 minutes sequence shot. The smile distinguishes the man from the animal. Its execution requires a multitude of muscles. Muscles to signify everything and its opposite. An empathic smile, seductive, victorious, mocking, sardonic, sadistic .... A smile to coax, as a weapon of mass destruction but also as a wound in the middle of the face. A joyous fauna, composed of a clumsy actress, a condescending director, three authoritative psychiatrists, a lecturer and her assistant with strange manners, a trio of singers on wheels accompanied by a children choir, creates stories intermingling and evoking the ambiguity of the smile through different narrative and performative paths. The entire film takes place in the same space but a space whose scenery changes constantly. We thus witness the successive fall of the sets as the film progressed to the total destitution of the scene.