LES BLANCHES TERRES / FORGOTTEN LANDS
Les Blanches Terres, literally the white fields, is a remote locality in Lorraine, a region of Eastern France. Michelle, the director's grandmother, has always lived there, and is firmly established. A widow for twenty years, she fights isolation through nearly daily contact with her cousins, friends and few neighbours. Concerned about preserving and passing on the memory of the Blanches Terres, Michelle has filled dozens of photo albums throughout her life. But for now, she is lucidly observing the looming disappearance of all traces of these "tiny lives" in Les Blanches Terres. The director, who is also a photographer, asks Michelle and "the cousins" to be part of her new photographic work. What image should they give of themselves at 80 or more years old? What can be kept as a record of what is being erased? Through their portraits, the film tells of a world that has become almost invisible to us.
Visual artist and filmmaker Amélie Cabocel lives and works in Paris. Her specialisation in photography is linked to anthropology studies and led her to an artistic practice that combines these fields. Photography, documentary filmmaking, video and sound allow her to explore issues related to the body and the social body. Her works play with a dialectic of the visible and the invisible in the image and, more broadly, on the scale of society. Her works have been published several times and shown in festivals and at various exhibitions in France and abroad.