Com­mu­ni­ca­ting Vessels

Annie Mac­Do­nell, Maï­der For­tu­né | Kana­da 2020 | 31′ | Spiel­film | Eng­lisch ohne UT | Deutschland-Premiere
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Eine Kunst­pro­fes­so­rin erzählt die merk­wür­di­ge Geschich­te ihrer Stu­den­tin E., einer selt­sa­men jun­gen Frau, deren kon­zep­tu­el­le Per­for­man­ce­stü­cke und sin­gu­lä­re Exis­tenz die Pro­fes­so­rin immer mehr ins Abseits gera­ten las­sen. Der Prä­mis­se fol­gend, dass Was­ser immer sei­nen Pegel fin­den wird, beschreibt der Begriff Com­mu­ni­ca­ting Ves­sels (kom­mu­ni­zie­ren­de Gefä­ße) die Art und Wei­se, wie sich Flüs­sig­keit zwi­schen mit­ein­an­der ver­bun­de­nen Behäl­tern bewegt. Wie die Bezie­hung zwi­schen einem Leh­rer und einem Schü­ler, einer Mut­ter und einem Kind oder Flüs­sig­keit, die von Mund zu Mund fließt, flie­ßen Bedeu­tung, Absicht und Ver­ständ­nis stän­dig zwi­schen uns hin und her. Indem erzäh­le­ri­sche, per­sön­li­che Anek­do­ten und pri­va­te Gesprä­che zusam­men­ge­bracht wer­den, erforscht Com­mu­ni­ca­ting Ves­sels, wie wir uns gegen­sei­tig auf eine Art und Wei­se beein­flus­sen, die manch­mal gut, manch­mal schlecht, aber immer drin­gend und not­wen­dig ist.


Annie Mac­Do­nell, Maï­der Fortuné


31. Inter­na­tio­nal Film Fes­ti­val Marseille
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Annie Mac­Do­nell:
2015 The For­tu­ne Teller
2019 Book of Hours

Maï­der Fortuné:
2018 L’inconnu de Collegno
2016 Jaca­re Film


Annie Mac­Do­nell is a visu­al artist. Her prac­ti­ce beg­ins from the pho­to­gra­phic impul­se to frame and cap­tu­re, and is con­cer­ned with the pro­duc­tion and cir­cu­la­ti­on of images in the pre­sent moment. Her work includes film, instal­la­ti­on, sculp­tu­re, per­for­mance and wri­ting in
addi­ti­on to pho­to­gra­phy. She recei­ved a BFA from Ryer­son Uni­ver­si­ty in 2000, fol­lo­wed by gra­dua­te stu­dies at Le Fres­noy, Stu­dio Natio­nal des Arts Con­tem­po­rains, in France. Recent solo shows have been held at Gal­lery 44, Toron­to, Pari­si­an Laun­dry, Mont­re­al, the Art Gal­lery of Onta­rio. Recent
per­for­man­ces have been pre­sen­ted at Nuit Blan­che Toron­to, le Cent­re Pom­pi­dou and the Toron­to Inter­na­tio­nal Film Fes­ti­val. In 2019, her films have scree­ned at TIFF and the Vien­na­le. In 2012 she was short-lis­ted for the AGO AMIA pri­ze for pho­to­gra­phy, and she was long lis­ted for the Sobey Art Award in 2012, 2015 and 2016. She is a foun­ding mem­ber of Emi­lia Ama­lia, a femi­nist rese­arch and wri­ting group. She is an assistant pro­fes­sor at Ryer­son Uni­ver­si­ty and lives in Toron­to with her family.

Maï­der For­tu­né stu­di­ed lite­ra­tu­re and theat­re befo­re ente­ring Le Fres­noy Natio­nal Stu­dio for Con­tem­po­ra­ry Arts, whe­re she deve­lo­ped a per­for­mance-rela­ted prac­ti­ce of the tech­no­lo­gi­cal image. With its gre­at for­mal rigor, Fortuné’s work com­mands all the viewer’s atten­ti­on for a genui­ne expe­ri­ence of the image and its pro­ces­ses. Recent­ly, her prac­ti­ce tur­ned to more nar­ra­ti­ves preoc­cu­pa­ti­ons. Lec­tu­re per­for­man­ces and films deep­ly roo­ted in wri­ting, are the medi­ums she pro­cess to open up new nar­ra­ti­ve strategies.
Her work has been exhi­bi­ted inter­na­tiona­ly (Euro­pe, Bra­zil, Cana­da, Chi­na, Japan). In 2010 she won the Vil­la Medi­cis fel­low­ship in Roma, Italy.
Recent shows and per­for­man­ces have been held at Gal­lery 44, Toron­to, Cent­re Pom­pi­dou Paris, and the Toron­to Inter­na­tio­nal Film Fes­ti­val. In 2019, her mid-length film L’inconnu de Col­leg­no was part of IFFR Bright Future sel­ec­tion. In 2020, Com­mu­ni­ca­ting Ves­sels won the Ammo­do Tiger short award at IFFR Rotterdam.


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