Official Selection

The blind writer / L’écrivain aveugle

1st Prize Experimental

Greece 2021
Duration: 09:50
Directed by: Georges Sifianos
Screenplay: Georges Sifianos
Animation: Georges Sifianos
Technique: Drawing on paper
Music: Gustave Carpène
Production/School: Georges Sifianos
Dialogue language: French
Subtitles language: English

The drawings of this film were made blindfolded, that is, without looking at them while drawing but using only tactile cues. This constraint deconstructs the individual drawings, which are then assembled into a whole in the viewer's mind. The film gropes along like a blind man. This reflects the writer’s perplexity, who questions dogmas and certainties. Faced with the complexity of the world, eternal questions concerning the relationships among people, political and metaphysical questions arise: - Who created the universe? - God. - And who created God? Faced with ready-made ideological answers, the writer admits his helplessness, his blindness is more metaphorical than real. What does “see” mean? Does what we see, the appearance, reflect reality? The viewer is called to provide his/her own answer. S/he is the one who will have to decide, as his perception does, by assembling the disparate lines of the drawings in order to make them meaningful. In a world where communication has acquired special significance, where images and views are constructed on order, how can one discern what is substantial? Is the candy edible or its colorful wrapping? The orange or its peel? Paradoxically, the answer is not as simple as it appears.


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