Programmed by Jimmy Deniziot
An apprentice filmmaker meets a woman in Berlin and alludes to a previous journey in this city after he had been very ill. Throughout this inner journey emerge moments and faces which helped him to come back to life. The pictures arise like pieces of memories in this intimate experiment filmed on the spot with a Super 8 camera.
"you had swept back your bangs for the first time
when I saw you under the apple tree
the flower-comb in your hair
I thought you yourself were a flower too.
you stretched out your pale white hand gently
giving me an apple:
like the ripening red of the autumn fruit
my first feeling of love
my sigh, without any awareness
touched your hair
the joys of love's offerings
drinking your love…
under a tree in the apple orchard
nature's narrow road
who left this token here?
your question gave me a piercing pleasure."
("FirstLove" by Tōson Shimazaki (Translation: https://allpoetry.com/poem/8536511-First-Love-by-Shimazaki-Toson).
The ravishing beauty of an apple tree in blossom. A return to the world, through love. The changing face of a town. The colours and lights of the seasons, the hours, the faces.
Hence, the film becomes that evanescent sentimental pathway where, through the orchard of memory, two people met.
Pre-selector for the États Généraux du Film Documentaire – Lussas