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Documentaires: The Role of Chance & Waking Dream (DVD)


by Patrick Bokanowski

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Patrick Bokanowksi, born in 1943, is a French filmmaker who makes experimental and animation films. His work lies on the edge between optical and plastic art, in a gap of constant reinvention.

"This video edition brings together the only two documentaries directed to date by Patrick Bokanowski, filmmaker of the imaginary. For 35 years he has brought us a body of work rich in extraordinary characters inhabiting mental environments, on the edge between figurative and abstract art. But here, rather than weaving fantastic dreams, he presents in a direct and realistic style two striking personalities who themselves work to uncover the world of the imaginary and the world of dreams, the painter Henri Dimier, and the psychotherapist Colette Aboulker-Muscat." - The Film-Makers' Coop

This DVD contains:

The Role of Chance, 1984, 52 min
Henri Dimier's hand lets itself be guided by total creative spontaneity, creating a dialogue with the sheet of paper, a conversation with the work in progress, the jubilatory quality of the vibrations of hand on paper. Liberty, fantasy and chance are Henri Dimier's three watchwords.

The Waking Dream, 2003, 41 min
Colette Aboulker Muscat has taught Waking Dream for the past forty years in Jerusalem. To each person who comes for a consultation, she offers a short story leading to a waking dream, equal in intensity to a night dream. The surprise provoked by the story, and the shortness of the treatment are, for her, essential aspects of the process. The mental imagery itself allows one to overcome a problem or an illness.

All rights of the producer and of the owner of the work are reserved. Unless authorized by the rights holder, no duplication, hiring, lending or public screenings are allowed. For institutional purchase please contact Re:Voir directly.

  • 34 page bilingual English-French booklet with essays about the films.
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    SKU 3493551100638
    Product contents 1 disc
    Year 1984-2003 (DVD 2008)
    Director Bokanowski, Patrick
    Format DVD
    Publisher(s) Re-voir
    Countries France
    Aspect ratio 1.33:1
    Colour Colour
    Subtitles English
    Language(s) French
    Running time 94 min
    DVD region 0, PAL
    Certificate N/a
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