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Les Éternels

On appelle "éternels" ceux qui souffrent de la mélancolie d’éternité. Convaincus que la mort ne peut avoir raison de leurs vies, ils se croient condamnés à errer dans l’attente du jour où ils seront libérés de leur existence. Ce film est un récit d’errances et de fuites, aux confins du Haut-Karabagh, une enclave arménienne en Azerbaïdjan. Habités par les fantômes du génocide et par la guerre qui y sévit depuis plus de vingt ans, les personnages qui traversent ce film portent en eux la mélancolie des éternels.

Human beings who have experienced such a strong shock that they are no longer even afraid of death (as it often happens to genocide survivors) sometimes fall into what is known as a feeling of timelessness or a "melancholy". They live somewhat "outside" time, a mode of extra-temporal existence, waiting for the day on which they will be freed from their suffering. It is the people — almost ghosts having survived the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenians and Azerbaijani that has lasted for almost twenty years — that the filmmaker shows and listens to in his film. Behind them, behind their wandering bodies, behind their frenzies, is what remains of the collapse of the Soviet Union in Caucasus: ruins, uninhabited spaces, tombs, vestiges of war, trenches where soldiers watch for an invisible enemy. With an inspired composition of image and sound, Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd transforms the subject matter of history into poetry, there where condemnation for man on earth means living and not dying.
(Luciano Barisone)

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