At the Locarno Film Festival, “Piave” by director Anne Oren successfully ran in competition

From Introducing Humans to Animals: On This Subject, Deeply Explored in Cinema History – To cite just one movie, random balthazar (1968) by Robert Bryson -, 75e The edition of the International Locarno Festival, in Switzerland, which ends on August 13, will provide some great samples. palmWritten by Ann Oren, one of the seventeen feature films competing for the Golden Leopard, it will have lit up the final days of the competition, publishing his surreal material from a film career: sound effects. Huge and patient work behind the scenes again in the middle of a screenplay, after the theatrical release, on August 3, in France, of the Spanish film. replaceAnd the by Juango Jimenez Pina.

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palm It tells the story of a young sound designer, Eva (Simon Bossio), who is responsible for producing the sound for an advertisement for a mood-stabilizing drug, Equili, using the image of a rider on her horse—a moment of scathing humor on the promises of dealers. Hanging step of the animal, trot instantly, movement is minimal and requires incredible skill. Eva has to replace her brother in a short time, he is also noisy, has a sudden fever… She indulges in the task, experiences different sounds, hits coconuts on the floor of her apartment, visits a stable… So much so that one day, As she jumped out of bed, the thin-skinned brunette discovered the tip of her tail at the bottom of her back, and then quickly a mane, which she neatly tucked under her coarse coat. As if it were normal.

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From now on, the young woman rushes to her appointments in a delicate comic, drawing the attention of a botanist who specializes in fern reproduction. Morning glory bravery and horse hair. Neo-Bunuelian, this edgy and sexual “pas de deux” is fueled by contemporary influences: the taste of the exotic by Portuguese Joao Pedro Rodrigues, or the French by Lucile Hadzihalilovic, the sensual performances of Christian Rizzo, Gisele Fiennes, etc. We cling to the actress’s steps, her breath, her mime, we follow to understand how far her character wants to go. Breathtaking, Bossio makes this transformation which is also a reliable feat. Integrating into action, here as a noise maker, to the point of changing the skin, or stepping aside, is not the least of the questions the film raises.

Transformation from real to wonderful

The director, born in Tel Aviv in 1979, is part of this generation of artists eager to renew stories, working on the porosity between genres, and the shift from reality to wonder. Before palmAnne Oren has completed a test run of, so to speak, the short film the passage (2020), a similar story embodied by Simon (e) Jaikiriuma Paetau, an artist working on gender fluidity—who here gracefully captures Eva’s sick brother.

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