National Narrative

  • Grégoire Beil
  • 2018
    • France
  • 65 min
  • Colour
  • Production
  • Grégoire Beil

“Hi, what are you up to?” On the video chat, Periscope, the exchange of images can be enriched by text messages and/or a flow of hearts allowing people who are streaming their video live to see strangers’ comments on their appearance or their conversations. Entirely constructed using these exchanges, National Narrative probes the exhibitionist norm of the enhanced selfie. Spontaneous poetry (“Your eyes they wanna drive me bananas”), a burlesque scene between two loafers who are unable to make out which of them is receiving mocking comments as they confuse left and right on the screen… Far from sparking derision, this montage instead points up the users’ self-derision and the paradoxical coyness of a space where people claim to show everything, from breasts to vomit. How does the immediacy of a chat between strangers integrate into its playful and intentionally exaggerated quotidian, the incommensurable horror when a tragic event intervenes? Does a bodycount produce the same impact as sending a stream of hearts? Is reality definitively condemned to remain offscreen? (Charlotte Garson)

  • Saturday 24 March 2018 16H10 Cinéma 1

    French original Version Subtitled in English + debate

    Film Projeté avec : The White Elephant de Shuruq Harb Voir la grille
  • Monday 26 March 2018 18H00 Cinéma 2

    French original Version Subtitled in English + debate

    Film Projeté avec : The White Elephant de Shuruq Harb Voir la grille
  • Thursday 29 March 2018 10H00 Luminor

    French original Version Subtitled in English

    Film Projeté avec : The White Elephant de Shuruq Harb Voir la grille
  • Thursday 05 April 2018 17H00 Bibliothèque Universitaire d’Avignon (Hors les murs)

    French original Version Subtitled in English

    Film Projeté avec : The White Elephant de Shuruq Harb Voir la grille
  • Tuesday 17 April 2018 20H00 Les 3 Cinés Robespierre (Hors les murs)

    French original Version Subtitled in English + debate

    Film Projeté avec : The White Elephant de Shuruq Harb Voir la grille