Sunday, 15 April 2012

Films From Beyond the Grave: Guy Maddin Conducts Cine-Seances

In February 2012, something very strange was going on in the basement of the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Canadian director Guy Maddin was performing a supernatural cinematic experiment the like of which the world had never seen. The Séances Project, otherwise known as ‘Spiritismes’, was an effort to bring films that are forgotten, lost, or that never got made, back into the land of the living by literally ‘channelling’ their ghosts. 

Spiritismes was part of the Nouveau Festival, an arts event which takes place at the Pompidou every year. Visitors to the event could observe the ghostly goings-on from a gallery as Maddin, accompanied by a troupe of actors and filmmakers, invoked the spirits of films, and shot seventeen of them (one a day) in a paranormal re-imagining of the lost or forgotten movies. Every day the group would meet for a séance, involving the traditional ‘hands around the table’ technique, as well as gauzy scarves representing ectoplasm (a mist-like substance said to emit from the mouths of mediums). Having called up the spirit of the film, the group would then spend the rest of the day shooting their own version...

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