Crossover

2009, 28 mn
starring Erna Omarsdottir, PONI, Rodolphe Coster, Lieven Dousselaere, Marc Lallemand, Kate McIntosh, Frank Pay & Charles Blondeel

Pierre Coulibeuf projects Erna Omarsdottir into her own imaginative universe and composes a character through the looking-glass. A manifold identity, Erna combines innocence and perversity-her Lolita side-, excess and cruelty. A body, a face in constant metamorphosis...

Extreme plasticity and expressivity... Sometimes the face of an angel, sometimes that of a demon. In the film Crossover, the rock band Poni appears from the point of view of the character played by Erna Omarsdottir: Poni is both an imagining of Erna and (almost) a recorded reality. In fact, it is on the borderline between the real and the imaginary: the shots featuring the musicians of Poni of course bring to mind a concert, but the daylight that lights them, conceived for the film, a light without any theatrical effect, 'de-realises' them and plunges them into an imaginary world. This de-realisation effect is reinforced by the use of very long focal lengths (150 and 300 mm ), which give the two singers, Erna Omarsdottir and Kate MacIntosh, an exceptional presence that is nearly unreal. In fact, the shots with Poni simulate the concert: they play as if they were in concert but on a stage turned into a film set. This thoroughly strange situation gives their music a tension or a particular intensity. It is in that context that Poni produced their music: both the same and another, different. The sound of the film is live (without any miming or re-recording).

Les guerriers de la beauté

Dance and cinema meet in this labyrinthine portrait of the Flemish choreographer (but also painter and sculptor) Jan Fabre. Swarming insects form the leitmotif in a film that is subtly inculcated with life, death and sex.

Dance and cinema meet each other in a film where the Flemish choreographer Jan Fabre reshapes his own universe. Les guerriers de la beauté looks like a labyrinth with various entrances, in which an unlikely Ariadne leads the viewers through a strange world wearing a wedding dress. A knight fights endlessly with an invisible enemy and loses time after time. Charming insects appear out of the mouth of a young woman, puzzling witnesses who later reappear in different forms. The teeming creatures form the leitmotiv in this film that is subtly infused with life, death and sex. Jan Fabre - choreographer, painter and sculptor - has a passion for the teeming, swarming life and a scientific, almost monomaniacal fascination for insects.This 're-creation' was inspired by Fabre's previous choreographies and theatre works, but specially written for Pierre Coulibeuf. The result of this cooperative venture between dance and cinema is a surreal universe, filled with ambiguity, parody and ritual. Towards the end of this fairly dangerous exercise, Coulibeuf turns out to be able to catch the essence of the work of Fabre and he paints a closed and worrying microcosm. It is no accident that this is reminiscent of the 'condition humaine'.

Actors: Els Deceukelier, William Forsythe, Erna Omarsdottir and Annabelle Chambon, Cédric Charron, Sebastien Cneude, Anny Czupper, Edmond Fabre, Jan Fabre, Emio Greco, Lisbeth Gruwez, Heike Langsdorf, Dirk Roofthooft, Helena Troubleyn, Geert Vaes, Wim Vandekeybus, Marc Vanrunxt, Jurgen Verheyen