Autoportrait de l'artiste en arabe

Lionel Mwe-di-Malila
Documentary
53' 44"
1998

Synopsis

A cameraman films the life of the swimming pool in his district of Saint-Gilles, in Brussels. The pool is situated directly opposite the company that produces his documentary : A.J.C.! When the director looks into the water, he finds his own reflexion there. And that of his camera, an HI-8, too. When the director looks at the pool through his camera lens, he can see that he is not the only one to be reflected in the blue water and its chlorine. On the screen of the pool, the whole world appears, as though in the cinema.

My local pool is therefore a parable on television, what you see there and what is hidden there. My local pool is a metaphor woven into the form of a maze with, how can one express it, rays of light. I saw God swimming in the pool and angels walking on the water.

And in a dream, I put a bomb on the bottom of the pool, a nuclear device, which, for the time being, filters the water and measures out the chlorine. This dream is the film, etc.

Director's biography

Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels.

Filmography

  • Autoportrait de l’artiste en arabe (1999), documentary, 55’
  • Montréal, ville tiède (1998), 15’
  • Dogma Machine (2000), documentary fiction, 17’
  • Une histoire d’amour (2001), fiction, 7’
Autoportrait de l'artiste en arabe
N° du film F066
Réalisateur nom Mwe-di-malila
Réalisateur prénom Lionel
In progress No
Genre Documentaire
Durée minutes 53
Durée secondes 44
Process Color
Aspect ratio 4:3
Sound format Stereo
Shooting format Vidéo
Screening format Beta sp
Version Français
Screenplay Lionel mwe-di-malila
Film editing Lionel mwe-di-malila
Sound recording Jean-laurent van lint lionel mwe-di-malila
Image Lionel mwe-di-malila
Music Isaac fauchman
Synopsis fr Un caméraman filme la vie de la piscine de son quartier, à bruxelles.

la piscine se trouve en face de sa maison de production.

quand le caméraman se penche sur l'eau, il y trouve son propre reflet, et aussi celui de sa caméra, une hi8. mais sur l'écran de la piscine, le monde entier vient se refléter, comme dans l''écran d'une télévision.

la piscine de mon quartier est donc une parabole sur la télévision, ce qu'on y voit et ce qui s'y cache.

une parabole tressée en forme de labyrinthe avec des rayons de lumière:

"j'ai vu dieu nager dans la piscine, et des anges marcher sur l'eau.

et en rêve, j'ai placé une bombe en-dessous du bassin, un engin nucléaire qui, pour l'instant, filtre l'eau, et dose le chlore.

ce rêve, c'est le film, et caetera ... "

Synopsis en A cameraman films the life of the swimming pool in his district of saint-gilles, in brussels. the pool is situated directly opposite the company that produces his documentary : a.j.c.! when the director looks into the water, he finds his own reflexion there. and that of his camera, an hi-8, too. when the director looks at the pool through his camera lens, he can see that he is not the only one to be reflected in the blue water and its chlorine. on the screen of the pool, the whole world appears, as though in the cinema.

my local pool is therefore a parable on television, what you see there and what is hidden there. my local pool is a metaphor woven into the form of a maze with, how can one express it, rays of light. i saw god swimming in the pool and angels walking on the water.

and in a dream, i put a bomb on the bottom of the pool, a nuclear device, which, for the time being, filters the water and measures out the chlorine. this dream is the film, etc.

Biographie du réalisateur A étudié à l’académie des beaux-arts de bruxelles.
Director’s biography Studied at the academy of fine arts in brussels.
Filmographie
  • autoportrait de l’artiste en arabe (1999), documentaire, 55’
  • montréal, ville tiède (1998), 15’
  • dogma machine (2000), documentaire fiction, 17’
  • une histoire d’amour (2001), fiction, 7’
Filmography
  • autoportrait de l’artiste en arabe (1999), documentary, 55’
  • montréal, ville tiède (1998), 15’
  • dogma machine (2000), documentary fiction, 17’
  • une histoire d’amour (2001), fiction, 7’
Executive producer Dominique lohle
Production Ajc!
Production AJC! 1998