Photo 2 MIDI_8

Noon in the cemetery

Film Notes

Country, year: Svizzera, 2019
Language: Inglese, Francese, Spagnolo, Tedesco svizzero
Duration: 8′
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Out of competition: No

Director: Benjamin Poumey

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Screening info

  Location: Cinema Centrale | Date: 06/10/2021 Time 17.00

Short Film | Documentary

Synopsis

A luncheon on the grass among the tombs. While the living are living, the voices of the dead are floating in the air.When lunch-time comes, the “Cimitiére des Rois”(Cemetery of Kings), downtown Geneva, fills up with residents, workers, employees, students of the neighborhood. People come alone, in pairs, with friends or colleagues, to have a snack on the grass or to take a break on a bench. The living and the dead share a same space-time. Mixing contemporary Super 8 footage of people in the cemetery and sound archives of personalities buried there, Midi Dans Le Cimitiére (Noon In The Cemetery) is a short essay film, a kind of experimental documentary. If it was a painting, it could be a Vanitas, “a symbolic work of art showing the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death”.

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