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Activities - 13/10/2011


27 Times Cinema - The Portraits- Renaud Grigoletto - Les Grignoux - Liège - Belgium


Could you introduce yourself and tell us who you are and what you do?

I am a PhD student at the University of Liège, Belgium, currently working on a subject that seems to be quiet in vogue: relief in visual arts is the main field of my investigation and 3D cinema (actually stereoscopic) is an obvious part of it. It refers to a broader interest in the so called « new technologies » and the way it can change cinema itself, but above all, the way we can conceive it throughout its history...and before. I'm also interested in the connections emerging along with « new media » as it erodes and cross the traditional boundaries. I actually first worked in media education, and dedicated myself especially to web content issues.

How long have you been going to the cinema?
My interest in cinema is quiet recent considering my habits as a film-goer. I discovered a new whole world of movies when I went to the university and since that initiatory first unexpected encounter, I couldn't stop prospecting further and further. As a child, I haven't been that much to cinema but tended to borrow my neighbor’s brand new VHS and some old stuff too. At that age the main criteria is often linked to the thrill it can provide. That is where I saw first Alfred Hitchcock's Birds, Frank Capra's Arsenic and Old Lace, Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List, some classic movies, few noirs, and a bunch of horror films I wasn't probably supposed to see. And some kid stuff too, of course.

Why do you like cinema?  Why do you prefer cinema to other media or to books, for example?

I am really sensitive to image charms. I think cinema and photography are both natural playgrounds. But sound is definitely something I attach importance to and I must confess I have faith in its power.  And like Bresson said, the soundtrack invented silence. That's why I like movies that can create coherent and believable ambiances so much, aléas and pure silences. Cinema can do that. But it is not the only media to be able to do so: webdocs can do that too, for instance. Sound has this ability to convey fanciful thoughts leaving everyone to its open sense. That's what I find valuable in audio documentaries and creations. The dialog of all the possibilities allowed by either multimedia works or cinema operas draws then up a strong fragment of the real which can be maximize by the art of (non-) linear editing offered by cinema.

Tell us what type of cinema or which kind of films you prefer? Which films are particularly important to you? What are your 3 favorite films?

Any film lover would become insane if he had to give any top list of best films ever made. That kind of ranking is purely incompatible with the beauty of diversity provided with cinemas of all kinds. I would have to quote Godard to evade that tricky question, saying the number one of my top list has still to be made. Films should at first put the viewer in an uncomfortable situation, making him think about its own position (which is different from excessive provocation or immoderation). Pasolini's movies can do that: seeing Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma was a revelation and still is. I would say Bruno Dumont's for what's left unsaid, Jim Jarmusch's for the mix up, Aldo Tambellini's Black serie for it's pure beauty or Daoud Aoulad Syad's Wainting for Pasolini for it's ironic and yet caring look.

What do you think of European cinema?  What does European cinema represent for you?

European film production firms, despite their general humble size and increasing efforts to get funds, provide us with audacious films that can fill any advised viewer with delight. As far as I am concerned, I tend to get to movie theaters when European films are screened. The approach of such productions must reach the viewer in an effort of endangering oneself. When I'm abroad, I like to go to cinemas, especially if they show art films or movies that I couln't see otherwise. I really enjoyed my stay in Bologna as an exchange student for that particular reason.

Which cinema are you representing at 27 Times Cinema? What do you like most about this venue?

During the Venice Days, I will be representing the cinema Les Grignoux from Liège, a venue where I go quite often. The venue is actually split in three parts all over the town, attesting the growth of this art cinema over the years. The most recent one, called Le Sauvenière, is equipped with digitalized screens that allow me to see lots of interesting stereoscopic films, from Pina to Sammy's Adventures : The Secret Passage. The place also offers a various bunch of cultural activities, from concerts to exhibitions, including experimental or scientific festivals I try to attend as often as possible. It is also a place where you can gather while having a drink or eating something in a relaxing atmosphere, a place where you spend time even if you don't plan to go to the movies. During summer, there are even special outdoor screenings that are best friends with a good meal. Which is to say, if the weather permits it during the Belgian summer…



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