A glimpse of Gaëlle Rouard’s alchemical work
A glimpse of Gaëlle Rouard’s alchemical work

Based in Grenoble, France, Gaëlle Rouard is a cinéaste making handmade films since the early nineties. A longtime member of the “102 rue d’Alembert” (a venue dedicated to diffusion and creation of experimental music and film), she also ran the craft film laboratory “Atelier MTK”) for a dozen years until 2006. Gaelle is an alchemist specialising in the precipitation of silver on film, who has developed and is still exploring various methods of chemical processing; she is also devoted to playing with all possibilities of live multi-projections, both in collaboration with various people and in solo acts. She also runs workshops in different contexts, from art schools to individual teaching.

During her visit on the island, Gaëlle presented the performance M…H, inspired by the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, as adapted by Orson Welles.  


Knock Knock Knock!
Who’s there, i’ the name of Beelzebub? Shake off this downy sleep.
Confusion now hath made his masterpiece!
And damned be him that first cries, “Hold, enough!”
Knock; never at quiet! What are you? Who’s there, in the other devil’s name? – Arm, arm, and out! –
Ring the bell.
Such a hideous trumpet
As from your graves rise up,
And look on death itself!

[Photo by Myrto Tzima]
[Photo by Myrto Tzima]

SIFF 6: Is It Real?

Cinema is often lauded for its unique capacity to “hold a mirror up to reality,” helping us see the world and ourselves. This year’s festival program reflects the question: “Is it real?” The films come with diverse answers, from classic works of Direct Cinema to films that play with constructing “real” places, to the manipulations of history and memory, to live, performative intervention into the film strip/digital file itself.