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52nd edition from May 13 to 23, 2020

F.X. Messerschmidt sculpteur (1736-1783)

Fortnight 1992, Short film, 12 mn

Synopsis

At the peak of his official career, Messerschmidt was refused a sculptor’s chair at the Vienna Academy of Arts. He left the capital and created, during the last years of his life, a disconcerting work, at complete odds with his academic pieces: a series of sixty grimacing faces (called “expression faces”). The studio is under the storm of a surprising ritual, in the to-ings and the frowings of the mirror where the grimace sets itself up to return to the mould with a virtuoso violence, accompanied by sighs, grunts and strange gestures to keep off the demons of proportion (according to the testimony of a contemporary). This moment, when the grimace is searching itself, could only be seized by the body and face of the actor (fictional) to fix the approach of the work cinema, mirror of the whole grimacing spectrum.

Director

Marino Vagliano

He was born in Paris suburbs. He graduated in sociology and cinema in Paris. He worked as an assistant editor, an assistant director and a screenwriter.

Benoît Régent
Nicolas Grossetet

Screenplay
Marino Vagliano

Image
Pascal Le Moal

Sound
Yves Grasso, Ludovic Henault

Editing
Annette Du Tertre

Set decoration
Frédérique Stévenot

PRODUCTION : Stellaire Productions