Programmed by Jérémie Jorrand
French, Russian, Tatar
When I was little, my mother and I left Russia for France, leaving my father and the rest of my family behind. We can only go back once a year, so I only see them by video. I begin filming our conversations in secret. One day, I learn that my cousin Sonia has cancer. The distance between us seems greater than ever. How can I be with you all, with you when you’re not here anymore?
To bridge the distance that separates her from her family, the director records their video conversations. In this film, relationships and emotions are expressed exclusively via digital tools, blurring the lines between presence and absence. Although childhood videos were filmed to immortalise a shared present, now the pictures only seem to exist to fill a void. So death occurs but the images remain. They stick in the mind like haunting music, the song we sing for our grandfather’s birthday, the voice we imitate so as not to forget it, the theme tune of a series we used to watch together. A moving, deceptively simple film that speaks to us of love, family and mourning in a very contemporary way, in other words, in a world where, by being everywhere, maybe we’re nowhere…
Jérémie Jorrand, Tënk's Editorial and programming Director
Pauline Conroy, Tënk's acquisitions representative
Joséphine Toutain, Tënk's acquisitions assistant