Félix Dufour-Laperrière: Inseln im Strom

Kurzfilmprogramm: Motive und Variationen

For Félix Dufour-Laperrière, short film means different things. First of all, it is an opportunity to work through a single idea, and to discover, evoke and work on its various layers and dimensions. Strips (2009) is a prime example of this. The entire film is based on the ambiguity of its title, which stands for both striptease and strip in its common meaning: accordingly, Dufour-Laperrière here dismantles already " naturally processed" images of dancing (half) naked people into strips and snippets. The thought is simple, but the aesthetic experience of these five minutes is full of surprises – it is amazing what can be taken apart, and what new forms come about when they are reassembled! Something similar could be said about M (2009), where a figure, an M that consists of flickering film frames, dissolves and thereby provides the building blocks for a never ending supply of new figures with increasingly venturesome shapes.


Encre noir sur fond d'azur (2003) and Variations sur Marilou (2007), but above all Un, deux, trois, crépuscule (2006) are something completely different, comparable to controlled explosions – especially the latter film, which marks a high point so far in Dufour-Laperrières experiments with the possibilities of collage. Here, he draws on photographs and lets pastel schemas and decorative cardboard dissolve into inkblots – like notes in the rain. And then there are the clearly anecdotal works such as Dynamique de la pénombre (2012), Rosa Rosa (2008) or The Day is Listening (2007), which in retrospect all look like sketches for the feature-length animation Ville Neuve (2020) in the way they circle around the situation of couples and their problems. (om)