“From the clouds, that is from the invention of the gods by man, to the resistance of the latter against the former as much as to the resistance against Fascism.”
The child Ernesto doesn't want to go to school any more because, as he says, all he is taught there is things he doesn't know. Marguerite Duras’ 1971 story ‘Ah!
In Schwarze Sünde, Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub return to Friedrich Hölderlin's Empedocles and the Etna. It is a dark political text and the characters that have remained walk on black ashes like ghosts of another world. It is a text of farewell and remembrance.
A fearless Antigone, refusing to allow the dishonored body of her murdered brother Polynices to be devoured by vultures and dogs, defies the Thebian tyrant Creon by burying him.
For Le genou d’Artemide, Jean-Marie Straub once again chose a dialogue by Cesare Pavese. And not just any dialogue, but one that tears open a painful, mystical abyss between love and the one left behind.
« Ce retour sur l’œuvre passée n’est en rien un repli sur soi, il témoigne au contraire d’une persévérance. »
A domestic, personal video commissioned by the Centre Pompidou on the occasion of the 2016 retrospective of the films of Straub and Huillet.