This short film embodies in its child protagonist, who confronts a teacher and the school itself, the insubordinate nature of Straub and Huillet’s filmmaking. Filmed in 16mm, and based on a text by Marguerite Duras, the filmmakers delve into the multiple powers of the spoken word in cinema with their typical and unmistakable Brechtian inspiration. The screening session of this true exercise in conciseness pays a small tribute to Straub, on the occasion of his recent death, a filmmaker who never stopped using the short film format throughout his vast oeuvre. (E.V.)
Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet
With a relationship that dates back to the 1950s, French filmmakers Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet made over thirty films, in various lengths and formats, and often reaffirmed their belief in cinema as the work of artisans. Having mostly filmed in Germany, Italy, and France, the couple worked together until her death in 2006. From there until Huillet’s death in November 2022, Straub made more than a dozen works, the majority of which were short films.