COLOR-BLIND / Ben RUSSELL

2019 – 30′

Short documentary

Filmed in Polynesia and Bretagne, France.

Synopsis

A deliriously synaesthetic S16mm portrait made between French Polynesia and Brittany, COLOR-BLIND recruits the restless ghost of Paul Gauguin as an uneasy spirit guide in excavating the post-postcolonial legacy of a decidedly syncretic post-post-colonial present. Featuring im/material guest appearances by: white-tipped reef sharks, Aldous Huxley’s Island, Marquesan techno, authorized Gauguin reproductions, Bretagne dance competitions, an illegal kava ceremony, the beach from the 4th season of Survivor, the long decay of French nuclear testing in Polynesia (1960-1996), and so much more.

Opening Text Adapted From “A letter to Mette Gauguin from Paul Gauguin, 8 Dec. 1892”. 

Fiche technique

Director, image, sound, edit

Ben Russell

Artistic and technical team

Sound Recording French Polynesia: Erwan Kerzanet

Sound Recording Bretagne: Guillaume Cailleau

Best Boy Bretagne: Jonathan Cailleau Slak

Color Grading: Sergi Sanchez

Sound Mix: Frédéric Hamelin

Production Secretary France: Inès Lumeau

Production Manager Germany: Jana Cisar

Production Assistant France: Giulia Oliveri

Production Intern: Maeva Ferdonnet

Translation Marquesan: Michael Koch

Translation German: Uli Ziemons

Featuring: Freddy « Feeling Fingers » Fournier / Marc Kucharz / Yvonne Moke / Kokauani  Mahuaani / Ludovic  Puhetini / The Kimitete Kids / Angélina Mati / Pierrot Kewahana / Michael Koch / Michel Habert.

Production

Executive producer: Colette Quesson, A Perte de Vue

Coproducer Germany: Guillaume Cailleau, CaSk Films

Coproducers France: Fabrizio Polpettini, Pierre Malachin, La Bête

Produced by A Perte de Vue, in coproduction with CaSkFilms, 

La Bête, TVR, TébéO and Tébésud. With the support of Région Bretagne, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, 

Procirep-Angoa and the participation of CNC.

Selections

AUSTRIA Viennale 2019


CHILE Frontera-Sur International Non-Fiction Film Festival 2019.


CHINA Beijing International Short Film Festival 2019


SPAIN Curtocicuíto International Film Festival Santiago de Compostelle 2019 – Cineteca Madrid 2020

UNITED STATES New York Film Festival 2019 – Chicago International Film Festival 2019 – Los Angeles Redcat ‘Murs Murs’ 2019 – Los Angeles / short program American Cinematheque 2019


JAPAN Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2020


LITHUANIA Kaunas Film Festival 2019


SWITZERLAND Locarno International Film Festival 2019