Toutes ces filles couronnées de langues

This film questions the relationship between bodies, sculptures and landscapes and seeks a link between these three entities. The fiction takes place on the volcanic island of Lanzarote. It is the very simple story of a young woman (Estrée) who arrives on an island, Kyrra. Then, in the manner of a tale, her encounter with another element: the group. Her integration, her transformation.

Kyrra was situated to the east of the Greek coast, or maybe it was situated more to the west of the Turkish coast, or really Kyrra refused to be situated. The 89 women who lived there started to invent a new language, the first stone of a new society. During 89 days they found and inventoried gestures, then the forms that the gestures traced. Little by little they inscribed them on the floor, on leaves, on stones, on goats, on stomachs, and the island became an alphabet. 

They started weaving a first story. Gestures and forms produced signs. Gathered together, the signs produced words. The rules were simple. Because the word is before the thing, it can create the thing as long as no other corresponding thing appears. The word cannot be said. Signs are not sounds, they are not gestures or forms. The new language will not be spoken and it will not lead to any form of speech. It will be written and acted. Only this. The voice will be reserved for singing, for shouting, for music, for simple emotions, for rhythm and melody, for dissonance. There will be instruments to accompany the voice. Instruments of all kinds.

Toutes ces filles couronnées de langues [All these girls crowned with tongues], 2021

In collaboration with Amélie Giacomini

France, 25’, fiction

With: Nathalie Broizat, Silvia Di Rienzo, Anna Gaïotti, Pauline Lorillard and Susanne Schmidt
Choreography: Anna Gaïotti
Photography: Thomas Favel and Michele Gurrieri
Sound: Nicolas Becker and Raphaële Dupire
Editing: Laurent Leveneur and Hodei Berasategui (movie), Nicolas Bacou (teaser)
Color grading: Marie Gascouin
Production: Corinne Castel, Les volcans

This project is a work of research based on ideas of community, body, mutation, identity, language, and environment. We were initially drawn to the desire to write a fiction as a result of a voyage-investigation that took place in the North of Greece: the fiction would be about an island of women. The title is a reference Hélène Cixous and her The Laugh of the Medusa.

This project is supported by Lafayette Anticipations, CIRVA, GMEM, Fondation Villa Datris and Danièle Kapel-Marcovici.

Les postures chorégraphiques des femmes/​filles que vous filmez se tiennent là : quelque chose s’est passé’ et ces corps tachés de noir, riant, chantant en sont le secret… tu mais couronné de langues.

— Laurent Goumarre, juin 2021Read more