NOT EYE (11', France, 2013)

Screening: Fr, 13 Dec., Studio Cinema, 6:00pm


Deliberately exposing its filmic conventions, NOT EYE is a compelling fiction disguised as documentary, that exposes the daily burden of being looked at (by others, by institutions, by surveillance cameras), burden that turns people into exhibits. A woman on the offensive, unwilling to admit defeat, comes up with an outrageous solution that deflects all the gazes pointed at her, while still allowing her to watch others. Adding on location filming to an eccentric interview footage makes the woman’s liberation even more exhilarating and empowering, while also making the viewer aware of the constant surveillance he is under. (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2013)

Director: LAUREN MOFFATT

With the support of:

 

Cast: Danielle Hennebelle, Julien Bucci

Screenplay: Lauren Moffatt

Cinematography: Guillaume Brault

Editing: Lauren Moffatt, Sven Heck

Sound: Josselin Panchout, Léonore Mercier, Olivier Wils

Producer: Alain Fleischer

Production: Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains


Premiere: ROMANIAN PREMIERE


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LAUREN MOFFATT (b. 1982, Australia) studied painting at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney until 2004. After completing undergraduate studies she relocated to Berlin, where she lived for six years, working as a translator and as an artist’s assistant. In Berlin she began working with experimental stereoscopic video, showing her work in a dozen countries on three continents. In 2010 she moved to Paris where she completed a Master research project examining the subjective camera at Paris VIII and undertook training in stereoscopic film directing before commencing her studies at Le Fresnoy.

 

CONTACT

Le Festival de Court, France 2013

Panorama, Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains, France 2013

Festival BEYOND, Germany 2013

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT:

“The camera is a mechanical eye that we use to extend our subjective gaze. This device teaches us to see through the eyes of others. It teaches us to see ourselves from the outside, to see ourselves objectively. Occasionally this device seems to have more power than our own corporeal eyes. This project is a short film shot in stereoscopic 3D and in black and white, which explores the relationship between the eye and the camera. Its production in native S3D constructs a sort of mise-en-abyme of the binocular human gaze, underpinning the film’s central themes.” (LAUREN MOFFATT)

 

CURATOR’S COMMENT:

“With its subject inspired from many academic essays on the gaze in cinema, LAUREN MOFFATT takes the theory and applies it to real life, exposing the fine balance of domination in the constant surveillance people are under. It’s no wonder there’s a female lead, referencing feminist critique that shows women are seen as objects of the male gaze. However, defense turns into offence as the camera’s gaze is turned from the looked-at to the looker, in a rewarding and empowering twist. Placing all the cards on the table, the director exposes filmic conventions by showing the actual gear on set, and uses black and white photography to strip the image bare of its sterile beauty, in an attempt to diminish the love of looking.” (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2013)

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