directors lounge monthly screenings
Thursday, 24 April 2014
Jonathan Rescigno works with a documentary approach towards his films, while transmuting into fictional stories. His starting point are day-to-day issues of his close surroundings, which then can shed the light to some greater matter. At the time he combines narrative methods with elements of early Avant-garde and Nouvelle Vague. His search for a personal language and expression beyond the documentary school urged him to progress from earlier studies at film school to art school in Metz and further to "Film and Creative Documentaries Direction" in Strasbourg, where he finished his Master. His pictures combine a sensitive research of places and people with an essayistic image-oriented montage creating open and atmospherical depictions that give to the viewer space for interpretation.
In his films, Rescigno keeps coming back to themes concerning the region Lorraine, where he grew up. Lorraine used to be the prospering French coal mining area, connected with the German Ruhrgebiet by the so called Montanunion (European Coal and Steel Community) after the Word War II. With deindustrialization, the region has undergone difficult changes still under way. The films of the artist investigate questions of identity in the changing post-industrial landscape, and when the term migration is at risk to change meaning in French society.
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