Marie-Pierre Bonniol, Berlin Nuit

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A winter diary filmed in Berlin after a stay in Buenos Aires where nature was blooming, ending with daylight and the music of Asmus Tietchens in Hamburg.

Marie-Pierre Bonniol, Berlin Nuit (2018, 15 min 30)
A film by Marie-Pierre Bonniol (images, editing).
With Jan Jelinek, Cathrin Löwner, Keith Duncan, Walter Duncan, Marcus Duncan, Florian Bergmann, Benjamin Weidekamp, Christian Weidner, Frank Gratkowski, Maren Leverentz, Guillaume Ollendorff, Jean Clam, Areski Lhot.
Music by Gesellschaft zur Emanzipation des Samples (G.E.S.), Fo[u]r Alto, Hematic Sunsets.
Production Studio Walter, Berlin, 2018.

“This short movie of 15 minutes length has been shot between December and January in the city, when I came back from Buenos Aires where I’ve had an exhibition at the national library in November.
Switching, back them, from the argentinian blooming city to the dark, gloomy, early nights of wintery Berlin has been a shock. We all practice these winters. We get used to them over the years. But sometimes those moments where the night seems to be a deep dark ceiling on the city, making somehow its breathing more difficult, do happen.
Winters are tough here – not so cold, less than before many of us may say. They are challenging our bodies and our minds which have to find new structures and approaches to the lack of light and the withdraw of natural life.
My approach, this winter, was to shoot a little movie about the night and its lights, after a serie of four little films made about the shadows – at the extreme opposite – in Buenos Aires.
Doing this movie was also an attempt, or at least an apparatus, a “Rahmen”, for seeking beauty where, naked-eyed, I couldn’t see any. I’ve filmed my Kiez – Neukölln – within short daily journeys, the most often padded in the studio or at home. This winter was also my first one as mother of two young sons.
In the movie, only music from German artists has been used : Jan Jelinek, Asmus Tietchens as Hematic Sunsets, and Four Alto.
There’s a few bibliotheques and libraries also appearing here and there. You’ll see them in the movie. Libraries, books and tales are definitely part of my idea of beauty.”
Marie-Pierre Bonniol, May 2018