Three Tales of Borges

  • France
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The Other, The Disk and The Book of Sand, three stories by Borges written in the 1970s, lend their titles to the three chapters of the film. We know that supposed autobiography is combined with the fantastic in the Argentine writer’s work, thus guaranteeing authenticity while adorning it with fantasy. This is what Maxime Martinot plays on, subtly employing Hector Spivak (the writer) successively and simultaneously in the role of storyteller and protagonist in the stories he distils. Especially given that, in addition to this fictitious source, there are dialogues borrowed from conferences and interviews and from authors appreciated by the scholar. It is therefore a case of listening to this invitation to a journey filmed both inside the studio and outside in a France which in no way is intended to imitate Argentina or any place mentioned in the original stories, nor a specific era. Ultimately, it is a film which rests on precise framing and the softness of the lighting of the 16 mm image, like an immersion in suspended time, in which images and languages resonate and take form.

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  • Original Title
    Trois Contes de Borges
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Maxime Martinot
  • Cinematography
    Raphaël Vandenbussche, Cyrille Hubert
  • Editing
    Maxime Martinot, Clémence Diard
  • Runtime
    77 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • France
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Festival International du Documentaire de Marseille (FID)
    • Festival International du Film de la Roche sur Yon
    • Festival Free Zone de Belgrade
  • Awards
    • Prix Georges de Beauregard Award, French Critics Institute Award, FID Marseilles, International Film Festival, 2014. is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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