A subjective portrayal of the Dutch visual artist HENRI PLAAT, who is recording with a 35 mm pinhole camera the processing of a silver print. While the image is being created in the dark room of the photo laboratory, revealing Henri Plaat’s face impregnated on the silver plate, his hands are building from small pieces of cardboard, an imaginary universe: the paper shapes resemble houses, boats, animals and other images that exist in the artist’s world. Thus, in a lyrical fashion, JÉRÔME SCHLOMOFF brings a metaphorical homage to this artist of the fleeting world, who once stated: "I want to register places and things before they get destroyed by modernity and progression. Before they are lost forever."
Director: JÉRÔME SCHLOMOFF
With the support of:
Screenplay: JÉRÔME SCHLOMOFF
Cinematography: JÉRÔME SCHLOMOFF
Editing: JÉRÔME SCHLOMOFF
Music: SMOOTH ONE
Sound: BRUNO LAMBERT
Producer: JÉRÔME SCHLOMOFF, NATHALIE TRAFFORD
Production: FILMS DE L’IMPATIENCE & PARAISO PRODUCTION
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JÉRÔME SCHLOMOFF (b. 1961, France) studied photography at the Audiovisual Institute in Paris. Since 1984 he has focused on portrait photography and is known in particular for capturing contemporary artists. These intimate samples can be contrasted with his photographs and films that examine the link between architecture and image. In 1996, his interest in architecture enabled him to make the series "Sténopé d'Architecture". In 2000, he built and began experimenting with his own 35mm pinhole camera. Currently based in Amsterdam, his work has been exhibited at venues such as Musée d’Art Contemporain of Bordeaux or L’appartement 22 in Rabat, Morocco. His 2006 NEW YORK ZÉRO ZÉRO short was screened at Rotterdam IFF as well as at Vila do Conde IFF in Portugal.
IDFA Amsterdam Paradocs 2010 / Clermont-Ferrand 2010 / Coté Court Festival 2011 France
“Fascinated by ancient writings, the Dutch artist Henri Plaat wanted to become an archaeologist and develop his own secret language, just as the Italian Franco Maria Ricci did in his Codex Seraphinianus, an encyclopedia of an imaginary world. It was not to be, but the past was nonetheless to play an important role in the more than 3,000 works he has produced since then. Artist-filmmaker JÉRÔME SCHLOMOFF recognized that if he was to make a portrait of Plaat, he would have to do justice to that history. Everything in his film portrait reflects the passing of time. SCHLOMOFF filmed using a self-made pinhole camera, a light-sealed box with a single miniscule hole allowing light to pass onto the film. Plaat himself does not appear in the film. Instead, SCHLOMOFF chose to have Plaat's face appear occasionally on a photograph in a developing tray. In the background, we hear the sound of an alarm clock changing into a heartbeat. Development, movement and music: they all take time. In just a few minutes, HENRI PLAAT reduces Henri Plaat to elementary imagery.” (IDFA PARADOCS)