Simon Gillard | Burkina Faso, Belgium 2014 | 18 Min. | OmeU
Among men and their actions, gross and serious, a soul is freed. It extracts itself from our world into a strange trip, a crossing through the air of this strange village in western Africa. These powerful and evocative images mingle with heady sounds, to give us to see, with no limit, this daydream.
Anima can best be described as a ‘haptic’ work, a term derived from the Greek ‘aptô’, which means ‘to touch’. This cinematic form physically engages the viewer by appealing more to a tactile way of viewing (close-ups without context, textures etc.) than to mere observation. Narratives or traditional information carriers (voice over, match cuts, etc…) are abandoned for combinations of shots that suggest further questioning by the public. The goal of haptic film is to connect the viewer to their own sensory memory, to allow him to construct his own narrative throughout the experience.