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2019 Edition
Conferences & Encounters

POPULAR PHILOSOPHY POWWOWS

BY KEVIN CAPPELLI

Monday, October 7 and 14, and Monday, November 4 and 18, at 6:00 pm
Donzelot Auditorium

For the past several years, Court Métrange has been working, hand-in-hand, with the Brittany Society for Philosophy on its Popular Philosophy Powwows. The Powwows are forums wherein those present have the opportunity to share their insight and knowledge, as well as further explore ideas. In 2019, the Popular Philosophy Powwows will, yet again, through a collective and casual setting encouraging exchange and reflection, delve more deeply into the Court Métrange theme, Ghosts: Aghast at the past and the Unseen-ema.

Amphithéâtre Donzelot
2 rue Kléber – 35000 Rennes
FREE ADMISSION

 

FANTASTIC ART: A FAMILIAR CONCERN

WITH JEAN-FRANÇOIS ROBIC
AND THE ARTISTS FROM THE EXHIBIT, LE BAL DES LÉMURES (BALL OF THE MASKED MAMMALS)

Thursday, October 10, at 5:30 pm
Maison internationale de Rennes

Afterwards: Exhibit opening night
Le Bal des lémures (Ball of the Masked Mammals)

Jean-François Robic is an artist, specializing in video and illustration, as well as university lecturer and researcher. He taught Visual Arts and Film at the University of Strasbourg and the University of Picardie-Jules Verne. In the form of a discussion with the artists from the exhibit, his focus will primarily be on the challenges revolving around "beliefs" via the technical and esthetic mechanisms inherent in Fantastic Art, the question of models and their relationship to other art forms, and what Fantastic Art has to say of the contemporary world.

Maison internationale de Rennes
7 quai Chateaubriand - 35000 Rennes
FREE ADMISSION

 

SCREENPLAY MASTER CLASS

BY HUBERT BLANCHARD

Saturday, October 12, at 2:00 pm
Maison internationale de Rennes

Part of La JournÉtrange (Fien’Day)

Narrative, story, dramaturgy, character roles, challenges, writing and set design. These are a few of the notions that will be addressed during this Master Class.
 

Maison internationale de Rennes
7 quai Chateaubriand - 35000 Rennes
TICKET PRICE: 4 €

 

Leftovers
SERIAL MÉTRANGE
THE WORLD OF THE DEAD IN T.V. SERIES

DISCUSSION BETWEEN PACÔME THIELLEMENT AND BRIAC PICART-HELLEC

Saturday, October 12, at 5:00 pm
Maison internationale de Rennes

Part of La JournÉtrange (Fien’Day) and in partnership with Spoilers

Where do we go after we die? Can the living come? Series makers have been asking themselves these questions on a regular basis since the 90s. Whether imaginary ("The Leftovers", "Lost", "Twin Peaks") or not ("The Sopranos"), a number of them have concocted their idea of what they think life after death is all about. Using this as a starting point, Pacôme Thiellement will be plunging into the dark depths of these otherworldly stops, shedding very needed light on what gets T.V. series not only hooked on the dead, but craving for more. Writer and videographer, he is one of France’s most prominent specialists when it comes to T.V. series and popular culture in general. Adding to his long list of accomplishments are two published works, entitled "Trois essais sur Twin Peaks" and "Les mêmes yeux que Lost." The dawn of Sci-Fi and Fantasy Series Festival, Spoilers, in Rennes has him, among others, to thank.

Maison internationale de Rennes
7 quai Chateaubriand - 35000 Rennes
TICKET PRICE: 4 €

 

CONFERENCE
THE OTHER SIDE – GLIMPSES INTO PHANTOM FILMS

BY GUY ASTIC

Wednesday, October 16, at 6:30 pm
Les Champs Libres

Afterwards: inauguration of the official competition

Watching a film on ghosts involves sharpening one’s eyes a bit more than usual, opting for shadows and obscurity versus too trim of brims, and giving in to fear both on screen and off. How does cinema fathom the unfathomable? In what ways does it embody the mortal-seeking spirits of the deceased, the supernatural, the afterlife, and apparitions? The possibilities are endless, not to mention mind-boggling, and even moreso when looking, if not bowing, to the prowess of four directors, in particular, and their cinephilic feats: John Carpenter (Fog), Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Kairo, Loft, and Retribution), Guillermo del Toro (The Devil’s Backbone and Crimson Peak), and James Wan (Conjuring and Insiduous). 

President of the Tous Courts Short Film Festival in Aix-en-Provence, Guy Astic has been at the head of Rouge Profond Publishing for the past 20 years. In addition to the two books he published on David Lynch, Lost Highway and Twin Peaks, he also oversaw two collectives on Stephen King, and authored, among others, the two-part work, entitled Outrance et ravissement. Images et mots de l’horreur 1 and Territoires de l’effroi. Images et mots de l’horreur 2. He is a member of this year’s Court Métrange jury.

Les Champs Libres – Hubert Curien Auditorium
10 cours des Alliés - 35000 Rennes
FREE ADMISSION

 

DANIEL DESHAYS
CONFERENCE
A SPECTRAL SCORE

DANIEL DESHAYS

Thursday, October 17, at 6:30 pm
Rennes Conservatory

Resonating within the whiteness of a sheet or the translucence, seen even at the heart of an image, of bodies in spiritualistic 19th century photographs was an inexplicable, yet tangible sign illustrating the trace of a ghostly presence. The rattling of heavy, broken chains coupled with beastly cries are cinema’s way of imparting to these specters a desire to break free and make their presence known to all. It is then the score’s responsibility to make audible nearly every possible quintessential hint of uncanniness. What could possibly be more logical for a sound that, ultimately, embodies the body-less, and gives shape to the meandering matter "unseen" on screen?

For a more concrete grasp on the subject, sound designer, university lecturer, and La Fémis and Ateliers Varan professor Daniel Deshays will be sharing clips from various films in line with his talk.

Conservatoire de Rennes
26 rue Hoche - 35000 Rennes
FREE ADMISSION

 

POLTERGEIST
A COMPARATIVE LOOK AT PHILOSOPHY AND FILM
« POLTERGEIST, OR THE PHANTOM SCREEN »

BY KÉVIN CAPPELLI AND HUBERT BLANCHARD

Friday, October 18, at 6:30 pm
Maison internationale de Rennes

Despite our modern-day world in perfect synchonization with sound judgment, technical savvy, and a balanced economy, ghosts remain very much alive in our imaginary. Their existence in film is indispensable. Are we to consider them a thing of the past made up of antiquated superstitions with which progress just cannot come to terms? Or might they be both a concise and compulsatory component of our modernity? In the film, Poltergeist, our eyes are not playing tricks on us when we witness, and on television no less, these ethereal visitors come out of the woodwork in an ordinary American household from 1980s suburbia.

Hubert Blanchard is a film director, and teaches Film Studies. Kévin Cappelli, a graduate in Cinematography Studies and member of the Brittany Society for Philosophy, teaches Philosophy. Together, they will tackle these questions, and share their respective viewpoints on an excerpt from the film, Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper, 1982).

Maison internationale de Rennes
7 quai Chateaubriand - 35000 Rennes
FREE ADMISSION

 

 

PROFESSIONAL ENCOUNTER
CASE STUDY AND DISCUSSION ON CULT SHORT FILMS

FACILITATED BY CAMILLE FERRERO

Wednesday, October 16, at 4:00 pm
Café des Champs Libres
FREE ADMISSION

PThis encounter, organized by the festival as part of Pitch Dating, will be handing over the mic to a handful of professionals made up of writers, producers and distributors, who are no strangers to this yearly meet-up. The course of two projects presented and produced via Pitch Dating enables Court Métrange to take inventory on the various aspects comprising short film genre in France, including: new sources of funding, the creation of specially-designed, professional programs, the increasing popularity brought about by the series phenomenon, new means of distribution, and broader programming. Might we just be on the verge of witnessing a radical volte-face regarding the direction in which cult films are heading? What kind of future might these impending changes have in store?
 

Café des Champs Libres
10 cours des Alliés - 35000 Rennes
 

SPECIAL GUESTS :

ANAÏS BERTRAND
Insolence Production
 

BREWENN HELLEC
Les Films de l’heure bleue
Producer of La solitude du Loup Garou by Florence Rochat and Séréna Robin, presented at the 2014 Pitch Dating session – in development
 

CHRISTOPHE TAUDIÈRE
Director of Short Film Acquisitions for France 2
 

FRANÇOIS LE GOUIC
Writer / Director of Voir le Jour
A film produced by Olivier Bourbeillon – Paris Brest Productions, and presented at the 2012 Pitch Dating session – in circulation
 

 

 

ENCOUNTER WITH THE FILMMAKERS IN COMPETITION

Saturday, October 19, at 4:00 pm
Café des Champs Libres
FREE ADMISSION

Have the shorts you’ve seen at the theater left you perplexed? Do you find yourself asking what force (good or evil…) has inspired these bugged out and batty objects? Come and meet the filmmakers in competition on-site at the festival.

Café des Champs Libres
10 cours des Alliés - 35000 Rennes