Eut-elle ete criminelle
[Even if She Had Been a Criminal . . .]
by Jean-Gabriel Periot, 10 min, video, 2006 (SF Premiere)
France 1944. Paris is finally liberated from Nazi occupation. De Gaulle's Free French Forces and American troops are greeted with jubilation, and the streets are full of private expressions of joy and public rituals of victory. But after a bloody and brutal war victory has a dark side. Marguerite Duras' eloquent but troubling work, The War [La douleur], gave expression to what that victory could mean for those who fought in the Resistance, lost loved ones, and felt betrayed by fellow countrymen. It could mean a settling of scores, a turning of the victor, ever so briefly, into victimizer.
Orchestrating carefully combed archival footage and various renditions of La Marseillaise, Jean-Gabriel Periot's Even if She Had Been a Criminal ... gives visual form to this psychologically complex historical moment when joy was coupled with hatred, long-awaited triumph with a need for scapegoats, and pride with public humiliation.
Jean-Gabriel Periot is an artist, writer and filmmaker based in Tours, France. His shorts have won numerous awards, and Even if She Had Been a Criminal ... received the Grand Prize at the Tampere International Film Festival and the Arie & Bozena Zweig Innovation Award at the Chicago International Documentary Film Festival.
by Chris Marker, 21 min. super 8mm (shown on DVD), 1973
Chris Marker's The Embassy shows political dissidents seeking refuge in the French embassy after the military coup d'etat in Chile. Over the next few days, more and more people fleeing the military assault - teachers, students, intellectuals, artists, and politicians-arrive at the embassy.
An anonymous cameraman records the tense situation with his S