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When There Is No More Music to Write, and Other Roman Stories

Canadian Premiere

When There Is No More Music to Write, and Other Roman Stories

Éric Baudelaire

France | 2022 | 59 min
English |
Subtitles: French
Presented only in theatres

Underneath the lengthy title of Éric Baudelaires new film, three films are hiding, separated by three credit rolls and three titles (Four Flat Tires, The Lost Score and When There Is No More Music to Write). They evoke the figure of avant-garde composer Alvin Curran in his relationship to Rome, where he settled in the mid-1960s, and the music he created there, mainly within the famous Musica Elettronica Viva collective.
But as the subtitle of the last of these films of about Alvin Curran” indicates, the project is no less a portrait than a collaboration: Baudelaire’s collaboration with the composer, whom he never films in person, but whose thoughts and sounds he borrows; with his long-time editor, Claire Atherton; and with Maxime Guitton, a researcher involved in the project right from the start and who unearths priceless material. But Baudelaire also draws on Curran’s collaborations with his own companions, such as the underground filmmaker Annabella Miscuglio, of whom Baudelaire includes several films; and with his city and his times, marked by the kidnapping of Aldo Moro and the revolutionary struggle. For it was in reaction to the discourses on the end of history and to the Years of Lead that Curran justified a musical art free from scored music and focused on collaborative and performative processes. And to oppose political deadlocks and the death of cinema, Éric Baudelaire, in league with the œuvre he documents, plays down the figure of the author and the pretension to an art as a single unit. Three times over the film ends and restarts, with the certainty that by replaying the end, everything can begin again.

This film is part of the FIFA EXPERIMENTAL section program PORTRAITS.
Overview of some festivals:
Cinema du Réel, France (2022)
CPH:DOX, Denmark (2022)
Art of The Real, Lincoln Center, USA (2022)
Viennale, Austria (2022)
Documenta Madrid, Spain (2022)
Director Éric Baudelaire
Editing Claire Atherton
Sound mixing Eric Lesachet
Music Alvin Curran
Other Maxime Guitton, Pierre-François Letué

In Partnership with


• Université Concordia - J.A. de Sève, LB-125, Pavillon J. W. McConnell
Saturday, march 18, 2023, 05:00 p.m. — 07:00 p.m.


Éric Baudelaire

Éric Baudelaire

Available in French only

Éric Baudelaire (né en 1973 à Salt Lake City, États-Unis), est un artiste et cinéaste basé à Paris. Après des études en sciences politiques, il a développé une pratique artistique ancrée dans un travail de recherche comprenant la photographie, l’estampe et la vidéo. Depuis 2011, le cinéma est devenu central à son travail. Ses longs métrages Une Fleur à la bouche (2022), Un Film Dramatique (2019), Also Known As Jihadi (2017), Lettres à Max (2014),The Ugly One (2013) et LAnabase de May et Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi, et 27 années sans imagesc(2011) ont été programmé en festival à Locarno, Berlin, New York, Toronto, au FID Marseille et à Rotterdam.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team

In the same session

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

Saturday, march 18, 2023, 05:00 p.m.

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