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Mittelmeer (La Mer du milieu)

Directed by Jean-Marc Chapoulie

  • France 2019; 73 min
  • Original version: French, Arabic
  • Genre: Documentary
    • Grand Prix of the French Competition - FID Marseille


Almost all of public space is under surveillance: this is now a firmly established commonplace. The eyes of technique are constantly and undiscriminately recording landscapes and unfolding action. With this tribute to Jean-Daniel Pollet’s famous Méditerranée, Jean-Marc Chapoulie imagines making a film devoted to such « sea of the midst ». A film based on montage, this time, gathering views (the way one would speak of « Lumière brothers views ») found on the internet from strategically placed surveillance cameras facing the mediterranean sea all along its north and south shores: at hotel peaks, beaches, along the coasts, harbour zones, and so on. Well-accustomed to bricolage with images found here and there, Chapoulie decides to alter these shots: he changes their colour, plays with the sounds he adds. He also lets three o -screen voices be heard. His own, as the father of a young boy whom he engages in dialogue with about the images before our eyes: a free commentary on their nature, their uses, their value, a humble pedagogy of the gaze upon today’s possible cinema. Yet another voice is to be heard, Nathalie Quintane’s, a writer he conceived.



    Elisabeth Pawlowski