Programmed by Sylvain Bich
Dedicated to the eponymous Mont Blanc mountain range, this film goes hand in hand with director Jacques Perconte’s burning question of whether we might be the very last people who’ll get the chance to see Mont Blanc’s summit. The earth’s rising temperatures are causing glaciers to melt at an increasingly rapid pace…
It opens with a photograph like one of those idealised, picturesque images – the grand, majestic Mountain of our imagination. Then everything begins to break up.
Jacques Perconte takes on the role of geologist. Whereas a scientist studies the Earth’s strata, analysing them, identifying the physical characteristics to understand how they were formed and what they will become, Perconte sifts through the images, delving into their layers and dissecting their composition, their “code”. By playing around with the images’ optical and/or chromatic aberrations, he reveals their impermanence, their inevitable precariousness, and the same goes for these rocks, these peaks, which regularly collapse, taking with them the image of majesty we had of them. But if Perconte blurs the images, it’s surely to cleanse our gaze and perhaps even reenchant it.