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Birds at Sunrise

Réalisé par Joyce Wieland
Canada, 1986 (expérimental, 10 minutes, couleurs)
Birds at Sunrise
Image : © Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre

Description du film [en anglais] :
« Birds at Sunrise, shot by Joyce Wieland in the early seventies but only recently finished, is a minimalist nature movie with a playful sensibility; it consists entirely of shots of birds taken through a camera attached to a cardboard tube. »
-- Festival of Festivals (source)

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Citation de la réalisatrice [en anglais]

« The film [Birds at Sunrise] was originally photographed in 1972. Birds from my window were filmed during the winter, through to the spring, with the early morning light. I became caught up in their frozen world and their ability to survive the bitter cold. I welcomed their chirps and their songs which offered life and hope for spring. In 1984 I was part of a cultural exchange between Canada and Israel. During my visit my unfinished movie came to mind. A connection was established in my mind—so that the suffering of the birds became, in a sense, symbolic of the Jews and their survival through suffering. [...] »
-- Joyce Wieland (source)

Citation sur Birds at Sunrise [en anglais]

« Using the Hebraic reading of the 23rd psalm as a preface, [Joyce Wieland] achieves an iris effect with a rolled-up newspaper to isolate the images of birds shot in the early morning in her garden. Birds at Sunrise is again intensely direct and simple in its conception and consequently has a sad yet humanist warmth so rare in the avant-garde. »
-- Michael O'Pray (source)


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