At this event two of Nicolas Boone’s most recent works, Psalm (2015) and Hillbrow (2014) will be screened.
Winner of the CNAP PRIZE, FIDMarseille, July 2015.
Nicolas Boone, France, 2015, 48 min.
In a near future, the villages of a Sub-Saharan area have all been deserted. Mad and disabled people as well as child soldiers are the only ones who remain on those dry lands. In this survival atmosphere, relationships are harsh.
The Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP: National Centre for the Visual arts) prize, created in 2015 in partnership with the FID Marseille, seeks to reward a producer for a work arising from the area where fiction and documentary meet and mingle. Basma Alsharif, after a week of screenings and discussions with the five members of the panel of judges of the French competition, decided to make the award to a film…
Nicolas Boone, France, 2014, 32 min.
Hillbrow, Johannesburg’s oldest and trendiest cultural attraction, has now developed into a densely populated and rather violent working-class neighborhood. The movie Hillbrow offers a selection of local stories that cross over geographical boundaries and whose fictional characters are portrayed by inhabitants presently living in the neighborhood. In ten journeys, Hillbrow draws a labyrinth of urban tensions.
Just graduated from Les Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2001, Nicolas Boone directed shootings/performances, “films for once” without any recording system: his work constantly stands between direction and video recording –when, sometimes, the “simple” act of shooting makes the film itself. His work takes various forms: series (BUP, 2007/2008), feature film (codirected with Olivier Bosson: 200%, 2013), short films –sometimes gathered together to compose a whole program (Les Dépossédés, 2012).
In 2011, The Vivo Art Center, in Vancouver, presented a complete retrospective of Nicolas Boone’s work. His films were selected in many international film festivals, and often awarded, such as Bailu Dream (2013; shown in IFFRotterdam, in IndiesLisoa and in IFFJeonju this year) and Hillbrow (2014), selected in FID Marseille (France), the IFF Indies in Sao Paulo (Brazil), the IFF in Clermont-Ferrand (France), the IFF Entrevue in Belfort (France), where it received 3 awards (Audience, One+One and Camira Prizes), the Festival du Nouveau Cinema/FNC in Montreal (Canada), where it received the grand prize (Loup argenté). In France, it also received the Grand Prize “Scribe du cinema” in 2014. In 2015, Nicolas Boone directed Psalm, shot in Senegal (FID Marseille, French competition, Prizes of the CNAP/National Center of Art and of the High School Students).