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Louis and Languages • History of the Present

Friday 8 March, 15:15

Run Time

98 mins
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Loud noises

When freedom is at stake, who has the right to speak? Two films troubling the politics and poetics of language in public life; how it might be bent and shaped towards liberation of our individual and collective selves.

Louis and Languages

Louis et les langues

Cloaked in an atmosphere of haunted melancholia, Aurélien Froment’s gently psychedelic work is an uncanny fantasia exploring the linguistic construction of identity, inspired by Louis Wolfson’s Le Schizo et Les Langues. Through curious interpolations of sound, text and image he traces idiosyncratic practices of translation as they develop in the mind of Louis, a young man treated for schizophrenia.

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Year

2023

Premiere

Dialogue Languages

English French Spanish Yiddish

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Primary Contact

Aurélien Froment

Director of photography

Jamie Quantrill

Sound design

Pete Smith

Producer

Aurélien Froment

History of the Present

An experimental feminist opera-film about class and conflict, History of the Present has been made collaboratively by Maria Fusco and Margaret Salmon, featuring new compositions by Annea Lockwood, libretto by Maria Fusco and improvisational vocal work by Héloïse Werner. This intersectional, intergenerational feminist work layers sociological, cultural, and political themes from the recent history of Northern Ireland, foregrounding working-class women’s voices to ask: who has the right to speak, and in what way?

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Year

2023

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Dialogue Language

English

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Loud noises

Primary Contact

Maria Fusco