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13, un ludodrame sur Walter Benjamin Carlos Ferrand

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13, a ludodrama about Walter Benjamin

From 1933 until his suicide in 1940, Walter Benjamin, on the run from the Nazis, lived in exile in Paris. A composite essay, this “ludodrama” by Carlos Ferrand takes us back to that period in Benjamin’s life, reflecting the many facets of the philosopher’s work. In 13 chapters, the film explores Benjamin’s rich world and personality. We walk in his footsteps through covered passageways, we meditate with him through flashes of brilliance, we see progress consume itself. We visit the Europe he knew so well. Combining archival footage, contemporary scenes, animated sequences and puppetry, the film weaves fragments and echoes, revisiting history. In non-linear form, it retells the story of a man whose life resonates powerfully with our collective story.

Presented in collaboration with Ici Radio-Canada

13, un ludodrame sur Walter Benjamin

  • Country : Quebec
  • Year : 2017
  • V.O : French
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 78 MIN
  • Cinematography : Carlos Ferrand
  • Editing : Nicolas Renaud
  • Production : Carlos Ferrand
  • Writer : Carlos Ferrand, Thomas Sieber Satinsky
  • Music : Jacques Lederlin
  • Animation : Leigh Kotsilidis, Frances McKenzie, Sylvain Robert
  • Sound Design : Benoît Dame, Catherine Van Der Donckt
Filmography of Carlos Ferrand :

Cimarrones (1982)
Cuervo (1989)
Visionnaires (1999)
Kwekànamad - Le vent tourne (1999)
La Griffe magique (2005)
Americano (2007)
Planète Yoga (2011)

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