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THE ETERNALS

by Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd

synopsis

Human beings who have experienced such a strong shock that they are no longer even afraid of death (as it often happens to genocide survivors) sometimes fall into what is known as a feeling of timelessness or a “melancholy”. They live somewhat “outside” time, a mode of extra-temporal existence, waiting for the day on which they will be freed from their suffering. It is the people — almost ghosts having survived the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenians and Azerbaijani that has lasted for almost twenty years — that the filmmaker shows and listens to in his film. Behind them, behind their wandering bodies, behind their frenzies, is what remains of the collapse of the Soviet Union in Caucasus: ruins, uninhabited spaces, tombs, vestiges of war, trenches where soldiers watch for an invisible enemy. With an inspired composition of image and sound, Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd transforms the subject matter of history into poetry, there where condemnation for man on earth means living and not dying.

international title: The Eternals
original title: Les éternels
country: Belgium, France
year: 2017
genre: documentary
directed by: Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd
film run: 75'
cinematography by: Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd
film editing: Philippe Boucq
music: Richard Skelton
production: Cobra Films, Zeugma Films, ARTE France – La Lucarne
backing: Centre national de la Cinématographie et de l’image animée et du Fonds d’aide à l’innovation audiovisuelle (CNC), PROCIREP – Société des Producteurs, ANGOA, Région Occitanie / Pyrénées- Méditérannée, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, les Télédistributeurs wallons, La Loterie nationale, la Région wallonne et WBI
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