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The work Transitions (2017) by Aurèle Ferrier examines the traces left by human civilisation - the conquest of the unwelcoming hostility of the desert ends in the surreal and hedonistic consumerism of Las Vegas. The camera leads us, with a menacing langour, through a backdrop of deserted city-outskirts. The buildings, cars and  billboards speak of people’s dreams as they strive for a version happiness. The prevailingly eerie, apocalyptic mood draws you along on this filmic journey. These traces of humanity seem increasingly laughable and helpless, they vibrate with a peculiar melancholy. Where have the people disappeared to? One has the impression a catastrophe has occurred, an epidemic, or maybe it is simply an empty film set after a shoot?
The film with its calm and assured grasp on image and sound is able to produce a refined suspense. The film takes the viewer on an odyssey, one that could also be a metaphor for the boundaries of human endeavor. The human culture and civilisation that emerged from the desert, will in the end be desert again.
Text by Esther Eppstein & Elodie Pong


Open City Documentary Festival, London
September 4 – 9

International Architecture Film Festival Move Cine Arch, Venice / Laguna / Sao Paulo / Paris
September 17 – 21 in Sao Paulo
September 27– 30 in Laguna, Santa Catarina, Brazil
November in Paris, tba, in Paris

Present Future Film Festival, Macao
September 22 – 23

The Unseen Festival, Denver
September 28

Bienal Int. de Video y Cine Contemporáneo, Instituto de Cultura de Baja California, Mexicali
November 5 – 16

31es Instants Vidéo, Marseille
November 7 – December 9

Dhaka International Film Festival, Dhaka
January 10 – 18