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Film/Video

everywhere at once

2010  |  video  |  color / bw  |  sound  |  73 min min
Peter Lindbergh & Holly Fisher
Studio Peter Lindbergh
Holly Fisher
Lois V Vierk

• World Premiere, The Tribeca Film Festival, NYC 2008

• Avant-premiere, Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, France 2007



synopsis

“In Everywhere at Once renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh and experimental filmmaker Holly Fisher collaborate to weave together a tapestry of images, incorporating Lindbergh’s still pictures with clips from the Tony Richardson film Mademoiselle (1966), starring Jeanne Moreau. The photographs are animated through a re-filming process to create a flow of moving images that are intercut with passages from the movie. Iconic actress Jeanne Moreau, using a text by American poet Kimiko Hahn, narrates the diary-like fragments of memories and recollections in the first person. The haunting music by Lois V Vierk accentuates the fleeting quality of these fragments of dreams and memories. As with Fisher’s other experimental feature films, Everywhere at Once exists on the dividing line between fiction and documentary. Rather than offering a linear narrative, threads of the story move forward and are interrupted, bending back upon themselves in space and time, resolving into a series of subjective associations. The film might be read as a biography of Moreau’s own life, as a fictional discourse on the protagonist’s emerging sense of selfhood, or as a humanist meditation about childhood, youth, and old age. Whatever the viewer’s interpretation may be, the film functions most deeply on the level of an intensely subjective rumination on perception. This positions Everywhere at Once squarely in the tradition of such avant-garde French New Wave classics as Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1959), Last Year at Marienbad (1961), and La Jetée (1962).”

— Jon Gartenberg, former Experimental Film Programmer, Tribeca Film Festival & President, Gartenberg Media Enterprises

notes

This film is made from the still photographs of photographer Peter Lindbergh. Project exists in English and French versions in HD video and 35mm film blowup, each narrated by Jeanne Moreau. Moreau herself did the final French translation, at the end of a day spent recording the English version.

The script for Mademoiselle was written for actress Jeanne Moreau by Jean Genet, with input by Margarite Duras (as told to me my Moreau). Release of Everywhere at Once is held up by the Jean Genet estate who holds usage rights to the film clips from Mademoiselle that appear in this project. It will not be screened theatrically until this issue is resolved. In the meantime, Fisher has legal rights and Peter Lindbergh’s blessing to screen the film (without financial compensation) as part of her oeuvre, including: schools, universities, festivals, galleries, and museums.