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90 Seconds in North Korea
© Editson Studios
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Ranko Pauković

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Ranko Pauković

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Ranko Pauković

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Ranko Pauković

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Editson Studios

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Everything Works

ISAN : ISAN 0000-0004-C2F7-0000-8-0000-0000-D
COMMENT VISIONNER CE FILM ?

Accepter ou déjouer les contraintes d’un tournage en Corée du Nord ? Tous les films tournés dans cette région du monde en soulignent la censure. Ranko Pokovic applique un principe unique à toutes ses images : une manipulation élémentaire lui permet de surexposer ce qu’il n’est possible que d’entrapercevoir. De ce choix à l’image résulte des conséquences au son, qui sera du coup l’objet d’une recomposition minutieuse et discrète. Une Corée du Nord par fragment.

How do you make a film about the rhythms of everyday life in North Korea, when you know that anyone who talks to you wouldn’t last long? How do you shoot a documentary when you know that filming is not allowed? In 90 Seconds in North Korea, Ranko Paukovic filmed in slow motion, shooting secretly in 2-second intervals on a hi-speed camera that everyone else around him believed was an ordinary tourist stills camera. Each 2-second fragment created 20 seconds of slow motion footage. The result is a dreamlike yet breathtakingly normal montage of everyday street, road and beach life in a state that strictly controls what outsiders are allowed to see. A child plays with a toy car in the park, adults enjoy a game of cards in the park’s picnic area; trucks drive along an empty road, the rays of the setting sun lend warmth to lush countryside, and a shower of rain falls on the streets of Pyongyang… As it was impossible to record any interviews or ambient sound, the soundtrack features a haunting and evocative sound design composed by the director, an accomplished sound editor. The pragmatic, necessary decision to shoot in slow motion lends the film a poetic quality: in Ranko’s own words, "the form is born out of need".

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