Pendant que Nicoletta travaille

Isabelle Detournay
Documentary
21

Synopsis

Bucharest, Sector 1, North Railway Station.

Every day, Ilinca, Melinda, Nicoleta and Nella struggle to survive. A friendship gradually developed between them and me, despite money being constantly involved, the brevity of my stays in Romania, the language barrier, and the drugs and trauma.

Director's biography

Isabelle Detournay was born in Tournai in Belgium. She is a photographer, living and working in Brussels. She develops photographic projects over the long-term, taking an interest in individuals, families or communities, which she encounters for the most part in Belgium, India and Romania. Her pictures are inspired by the close relationship she builds up with her subjects.

Additionally, she teaches photography at two Academies, higher colleges of art in Belgium. “While Nicoleta works” is her first full-length documentary.

Filmography

First movie

Infos

Director's note

The film came about by chance. It was not written in advance. It became something I had to do because with every trip, these lives had such an impact on me. At the outset, it was not even certain that a film would be possible.

It originated from a chance encounter with these women. I had to be there, come back, wait, and film patiently. The way the documentary was written was as filming progressed; with all its vagaries, the unpredictability of situations we came across, with all of this instability (which is an integral part of the precarious life on the streets). These things meant I had to adapt continuously without batting an eyelid.

I believe the finished product bears witness to the poignancy of these lives. For me, it was about dealing with their reality as it happened, indeed “taking the blows” of life with these women, instead of seeking out shots or situations as I would ideally have wanted. It is a documentary which attempts to keep up with the pace of life and filming it, and as such, it aims not to let them down.

Pendant que Nicoletta travaille
N° du film F318
Réalisateur nom Detournay
Réalisateur prénom Isabelle
In progress Yes
Genre Documentaire
Process Color
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format Stereo
Shooting format Video hd
Video hd Dcp
Version Français
Subtitles Anglais
Screenplay Isabelle detournay
Film editing Lucrezia lippi
Sound mixing Maxime thomas
Sound editing Maxime thomas
Colour grading Maxime tellier
Synopsis fr

bucarest, secteur 1, gare du nord.

ilinca, melinda, nicoleta et nella se battent chaque jour pour survivre. une amitié se noue peu à peu entre elles et moi, malgré la présence incessante de l’argent, la brièveté de mes séjours en roumanie, malgré la barrière de la langue, malgré la drogue et les blessures.

Synopsis en

bucharest, sector 1, north railway station.

every day, ilinca, melinda, nicoleta and nella struggle to survive. a friendship gradually developed between them and me, despite money being constantly involved, the brevity of my stays in romania, the language barrier, and the drugs and trauma.

Biographie du réalisateur

née à tournai (belgique), isabelle detournay, photographe, vit et travaille à bruxelles. elle construit un projet photographique sur le long terme, s’intéressant à des personnes seules, des familles ou des communautés rencontrées pour la plupart en belgique, en inde et en roumanie. ses images sont inspirées de la relation proche qu’elle établit avec ses modèles.

par ailleurs, elle enseigne la photographie dans deux académies, écoles supérieures des arts, en belgique. « pendant que nicoleta travaille » est son premier long métrage.

Director’s biography

isabelle detournay was born in tournai in belgium. she is a photographer, living and working in brussels. she develops photographic projects over the long-term, taking an interest in individuals, families or communities, which she encounters for the most part in belgium, india and romania. her pictures are inspired by the close relationship she builds up with her subjects.

additionally, she teaches photography at two academies, higher colleges of art in belgium. “while nicoleta works” is her first full-length documentary.

Filmographie Premier film
Filmography First movie
Infos fr

note de la réalisatrice

le film est un hasard. il n'a pas été écrit en amont, il s’est imposé à moi tant ces destinées m’ont percutée à chaque voyage. au départ, il n'était même pas certain qu'un film soit possible.

il est né de la rencontre fortuite avec ces femmes. je devais être là, revenir, attendre, filmer, patiemment. c'est ainsi, au fur et à mesure des tournages que s'est écrit le film, avec tous ses aléas, l’imprévisibilité des situations trouvées, avec toutes ces béances qui sont aussi les éléments constitutifs de la vie précaire à la rue. sans cesse, ils nécessitaient que je m'adapte sans broncher.

je pense que la forme finale témoigne de l’intensité de ces existences. il s'agissait pour moi de faire avec leur réalité du moment, voire de « recevoir les coups » de la vie avec elles plutôt que d'aller à la recherche de plans ou de situations que j'aurais désirés. c'est un film qui tente d'être au rythme de la vie et de son tournage, et qui cherche ainsi éviter de trahir les protagonistes.



Infos en

director's note

the film came about by chance. it was not written in advance. it became something i had to do because with every trip, these lives had such an impact on me. at the outset, it was not even certain that a film would be possible.

it originated from a chance encounter with these women. i had to be there, come back, wait, and film patiently. the way the documentary was written was as filming progressed; with all its vagaries, the unpredictability of situations we came across, with all of this instability (which is an integral part of the precarious life on the streets). these things meant i had to adapt continuously without batting an eyelid.

i believe the finished product bears witness to the poignancy of these lives. for me, it was about dealing with their reality as it happened, indeed “taking the blows” of life with these women, instead of seeking out shots or situations as i would ideally have wanted. it is a documentary which attempts to keep up with the pace of life and filming it, and as such, it aims not to let them down.

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