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Angela” (1996) is a short fiction film by Arnold Pasquier.  

"Dominique can’t get over the loss of Angela. He gathers a few friends in his garden, who propose, through their songs and dances, a response to her absence".  

Remark by Arnold Pasquier in 2019 :  

“The story behind this short film dates back to the writing of a novel "Période simple" (1986), written when I was a pupil at Montgeron high school (91). It is a highly spontaneous gesture of writing that seeks, in a text and in a place — a suburban home — to create a shelter by means of fiction for Nathalie de Barros, a school friend, whose state of health and condition of existence were of concern to me. This novel was to enter a contest (Prix du Jeune écrivain, 1987) and would be published (as an extract) by the éditions Milan. This would be followed by a long process of writing and re-writing, in the form of a full-length scenario, which would be examined by the plenary commission at the C.N.C, without ever obtaining funding for its accomplishment. It was nearly ten years after drafting the manuscript of the novel that I produced the short film "Angela", the story of which is not true to the first text. What remains is the home as a meeting place, and the group of friends. The loss of Angela Allegrezza in 1989, one of the characters in the novel, marked a turning point, both in my work and in the story. The short film and its story then sought to create a place to resolve a bereavement where friendship, song, and dance reflect the issue of absence. »  

Pasquier, Arnold

Arnold Pasquier was born in Paris in 1968. After studying visual arts and cinema, he made tests in Super 8 and video, in which he developed a world of filmed newspapers and fictions. At the age of twenty, he approaches contemporary dance and collaborates with choreographers as documentarist and dancer. This experience marks the realization of a work where dance holds an important place.
From 1997 to 1999, he was received as a resident artist at the Fresnoy (Tourcoing, France) where he designed the installation "C'est ici que j'avais des baisers" (1997-1999) and produced about twenty short films, four radio design workshops For France Culture and dance performances capturing. In 1999, he presented the show "C'est merveilleux" in the Grande Nef du Fresnoy. He is the author of numerous films (fiction, documentary, video art), staged shows, scenographies, radio broadcasts. His work is articulated at the crossroads of these different disciplines. Winner of a residence Villa Médicis Hors les Murs (outside the wall) in Sao Paulo in 2004, he dances for Julie Desprairies in "La danse en accès accès", "Vue sur la mer" and "Là commence le ciel". He co-signs with her the video-dance installation "Les 3 contents", the result of the residence of the choreographer at the Manufacture de Sèvres (France). 

Source: Website of the Compagnie des prairies  
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Artistic direction / Conception : Arnold Pasquier

Interpretation : Didier Bastide, Alessandro Bernardeschi, Maria Donata D’Urso, Guilaine Londez, Dominique Mercy, Joëlle Rollet, Liz Young et la musique de Angela Allegrezza. P

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Arnold Pasquier, INA

Duration : 30 minutes

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