The following films convey an assimilation of man to beast.

The end of Claude Chabrol’s film Que la bête meure, 1969, refers to this: “There is a serious song by Brahms which paraphrases Ecclesiastes: The beast must die; but man too. Both must die.”

Book of Ecclesiastes, 3,19-21: “Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”

Luca Wyss

Omelia agli uccelli

2012, 9 mn

Production les inquiets

Preaching to birds, to persuade them to distribute tales of people who talk little, so that they will bear the news of the shipwreck under way. The birds are a radio wave. They carry the tales into unsuspected places. “When the cruel wind dismantles seas, scrambles skies, topples mountains, devours cities and destroys provinces, it turns the world into a shipwreck.” LW

Safia Benhaim

Le Combat 

2007, 4 min

One night, a red-haired child has a fight with a red-eyed rabbit: a real animal escaping from the child’s cruelty? an imaginary creature which is part of the child’s dreams? or a beastly double? SB

Arash Khakpour and Arash Radkia

Teheran Zoo

2009,10 mn

Experimental documentary that portrays the wildlife zoo in Tehran. Have we become disturbed, like animals in cages? What have modern inhabitations done to us? Have we built our own cages? These are ideas explored in this short film from Iran. The film makers have been able to step back from the noise to show a lucid view of the hazards of modern mass coexistence and its management; psychological hazards, which, for humans, are the most difficult to resolve. AR & AK

Jean Charles Hue

El perro negro 

2009, 7 mn 03

Captain Angel Soto walks along the border between The United States and Mexico by night, listening to the corrido (popular song) of the “Perro negro” (black dog). Just like his dad, Angel Soto likes dogs. Is this why he shortens their sufferings by putting an end to their lives? JCH

Diana Chaumontet

Déplacer le centre

2012, 2 mn

A frisky three-legged dog is playing in front of a classic fountain. The postures and equilibrium of its body differ from what the eye expects. He quietly defies the laws of empathy. Here we have two sculptural systems face to face. DC

Nicola Bergamaschi

Le poisson des abymes 

2011, 29 mn

Through the fish’s territory, be it blurred or limpid, the film develops attempts at sensory contact. The subject watched and desired ends up approaching the surface where eye and hand move about. NB