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France, 2017

Original music : Grégory Buffier, Yann Gourdon Production : Grégoire Orio, Jérôme Loisy

Programmed by Benoît Hické





In the heart of the Ariege Pyrenees Regional Natural Park, Patrick Chêne, a farmer and osteopath, treats human beings and animals using his hands and throat singing, a traditional chant from High Asia. The vibrations of his chanting spread through the body, acting as an acoustic probe, revealing a sensitive world of invisible energies that make and shape life, our connection with the Earth and our environment… “Empreinte” takes the form of a visual and audio investigation of the perceptible experience of the invisible and intangible.

Tënk's opinion

This extraordinary documentary object was filmed in the Pyrenees over two years and three seasons (summer 2013 – winter and spring 2014). It portrays Patrick Chêne, a farmer and osteopath, who treats human beings and animals with his hands and the help of traditional throat singing originating in the faraway mountains of Tibet. This very technical chanting uses the throat to produce a low buzzing sound at the same time as higher harmonics using the effects of amplification and resonance. These vibrations spread through the body, soothing it, healing it, giving it back its movement and respiration. In its own beautiful way, this contemplative film explores our connection with other creatures, both human and non-human. An experience of landscape and healing, perfectly accompanied by bursts of radiant music from Grégory Buffier and Yann Gourdon of the Auvergne collective La Nòvia.

Benoît Hické
Programmer and professor

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