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Carte blanche : Naël Jammal - TOHU - Montréal

Carte blanche : Naël Jammal — TOHU — Montréal

For this 41st edition, Le FIFA is pleased to welcome the Carte Blanche of Naël Jammal, copresented with the TOHU

The circus arts have a long history that has taken them from ancient amphitheaters, to the streets and big tops, to theatres. Today, I am happy that they are invited to the cinema. This unusual place offers a renewed perception of the circus arts. Always curious about the mix of arts, I like to see circus artists appropriating video or cinema more and more each day to develop their own artistic field. The circus world can therefore question the cinema in several ways. For example: How is the circular track specific to the circus rendered by the camera? How is the circle at the origin of the ring transformed into the rectangle of a cinema screen? Ultimately, how does the cinema restore or translate the live” side of the circus performance?

It is in collaboration with La TOHU — Cité des arts du cirque, that I present you these films, coming from different horizons, both geographical and cultural (France, United States, South Africa). This selection presents different approaches, from traditional circuses to more contemporary circuses. Throughout these long and short films, several points of view stand out. Some films place the circus at the center of the narrative. We evolve through the acrobatics of the artists-actors and the cinematographic pirouettes.

Circus Person uses the circus not as a performance, but in the background of a more classical cinematographic narrative. We follow the story of a separation in which a sorrowful soul overcomes his grief and his social shackles thanks to the multiple personalities that make up the circus troupe that welcomes him. From the daily life of a traditional American circus to acrobatics performed in a South African desert, through an absurd universe filled with comic situations, this is the variety of styles I tried to put forward. Circus art brings out a certain madness and conveys values such as humanity, openness and inclusion. I invite you to this cinematographic journey into the fascinating world of circus arts.”

- Naël Jammal

Circus Person — Britt Lower. United States. 2020. 17 min. English. English subtitles.
Moya — Samuel Renaud, Brin Schoellkopf, Sabine Van Rensburg. South Africa. 2021. 49 min. English, Xhosa.
Zugzwang — Gaëtan Chataigner. France. 2021. 10 min. No dialogue.
Velociraptor — Camille Chatelain, Pierre Barbier. France. 2021. 6 min. No dialogue.
Director Britt Lower, Samuel Renaud, Brin Schoellkopf, Sabine Van Rensburg, Gaëtan Chataigner, Camille Chatelain, Pierre Barbier

In Partnership with



• Université Concordia - J.A. de Sève, LB-125, Pavillon J. W. McConnell
Saturday, march 25, 2023, 02:00 p.m. — 04:00 p.m.

In the same session

Université Concordia - J.A. de Sève, LB-125, Pavillon J. W. McConnell

Saturday, march 25, 2023, 02:00 p.m.