הפסטיבל הבינלאומי לקולנוע דוקומנטרי בתל אביב 3-12.5.12

Keep Me Upright

France 2011, 65 min, French, Hebrew & English subtitles

We are all forced to confront our body’s limitations, but for Zoé Chantre this is an especially challenging daily reality. Having been diagnosed with scoliosis (an abnormal curvature of the spine) as a child, her attitude towards her body is split: sometimes amusing, sometimes distressing. Chantre created an audiovisual diary that strives to find the words to fit her symptoms and give visual expression to her situation. Proceeding chronologically from her diagnosis, through clever editing of animation, pencil sketches, diagrams, medical images and film footage, Chantre creates a rich collage of visual, linguistic and sonic associations. The perspective gradually broadens to observe the physical challenges of others, leading the filmmaker to acceptance of her own body.

Director: Zoé Chantre
Production: Françoise Widhoff
Production Company: Les Films De L’astrophore
Script, Editing & Cinematography: Zoe Chantre
Print Source: pascale@pascaleramonda.com (pascale@pascaleramonda.com)Director CV
  • Mon 7/5 19:30, Cinemateque 4with the filmmaker
  • Tue 8/5 16:15, Cinemateque 3with the filmmaker
On my ninth birthday, my grandfather turned up with a 9mm projector. He’d brought some home movies to show me what things were like when he was a boy.
Since then, I’ve always believed that, before I was born, life was in black-and-white. As soon as I could, I stole my mother’s camera to starting shooting in colour.
My favourite hobby was drawing. I wore my felt-tips through to the hard plastic crown around the nib. It made sense to apply to art school. In 2002, I won entrance to E.S.A.D., the School of Applied Arts in Strasbourg.
During those five years, I learnt that one means of expression – one tool – would never be enough.
I was still a student when I met filmmaker Alain Cavalier in 2005. This was a crucial encounter. It confirmed me in the belief that filmmaking is an essential part of my life. I became an artist and a filmmaker.

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