Programmed by Fabien David
This film, shot on St. Peter’s Island on the banks of Lake Biel, is in the form of an interview between Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Christophe Bailly. It’s about friendship, philosophy, prose, music, the sacred, the poet Hölderlin and Rousseau and the critical conscience.
“One could say that the essence of your research, your intention as a thinker, is the place – which is difficult to situate – where poetry and philosophy meet.”
This is how Jean-Christophe Bailly introduces these interviews with Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe conducted in 2003 on St. Peter’s Island, in the footsteps of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Author of around twenty books, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe wrote about people such as Wagner, Heidegger, Nietzsche, Hölderlin, Blanchot, and Celan, thus ranging between poetry, philosophy, theatre and music.
The discussions that Christine Baudillon and François Lagarde offer us here are marked by the seal of friendship; “Lacoue’s” friendship with the two filmmakers, with whom he worked several times, and an older friendship still, an essential friendship with Jean-Christophe Bailly.
It’s more than just a question of elective affinities between the two men. There is, during these interviews – that take time to let thoughts form and formulate, to head towards wherever each man requires them to head – the expression of a “communism of minds” that conjures up early German romanticism whose influence was decisive for these two authors.
Programmer of Cinéma Le Bourguet in Forcalquier