14th DMZ Docs(2022)
I AM DOCU
In the solitude of a New York apartment, a piece of cardboard beats against the window, at the whim of the wind, like a beating heart.
In an apartment in New York, a still camera faces out the window from the room. The facing building has regular windows on the wall. When the wind blows, a paper flaps intermittently and crashes into the window before disappearing. That's it. In the same short and long frame, wind and light bring changes. When the evening comes and the light disappears outside the window, the image outside the window also disappears and the reflected image of the artist appears instead. Welcome does not create images to say something, nor does it connect them. In other words, neither mise-en-scène nor montage are pursued. We simply find the image that the correct frame and duration have created. Jean-Claude Roussea now frees the film from the bondage of representation. All that remains is the act of discovering and seeing itself, as well as the imagination and thought it triggers.
Rousseau discovered underground cinema and OZU films in New York. La Vallée Close(1995) was awarded in Belfort. In 2001, a tribute was paid to him at the Venice IFF, followed by a retrospective in Jeonju. His film The Tomb of Kafka was selected at Cinéma du Réel and His latest film Welcome was selected at FIDMarseille.