Helena G. Monteiro


Digital video 4:3, color, sound, 23min, 2014 – 2015

Experimental documentary retracing an evening of readings from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, by a group of regular readers at Sweny’s old chemist shop, home of several events related to the writer, in the centre of Dublin.
These voices, more joycean than dublinese are put together with images that are either synchronised (at the Palace Bar, host of The Wake), side by side (the same readers are to be seen in other places of both the city and the book’s map) and one after the other (attraction elements punctuate the montage and relate more directly to the text).
Born from an encounter with this group, who gathers weekly to read, page by page, starting over again and again and maintaining alive and aloud one of the most remarkable works of the 20th century.


Vidéo couleur, son, 23 min., 2014-2015

Film documentaire expĂ©rimental qui retrace une soirĂ©e de lectures de Finnegans Wake de James Joyce par des habituĂ©s de l’ancienne pharmacie Sweny’s Chemist Ă  Dublin, lieu d’évĂ©nements variĂ©s dĂ©diĂ©s Ă  l’auteur.
Ces voix plus Joyciennes que dublinoises sont accompagnĂ©es par des images synchrones (au Palace Bar oĂč a eu lieu la soirĂ©e), cĂŽte Ă  cĂŽte (les mĂȘmes lecteurs se retrouvent dans d’autres lieux et dans la cartographie de la ville et du livre lui mĂȘme) et les unes aprĂšs les autres (Ă©lĂ©ments d’attraction qui ponctuent le montage et se rapportent plus directement au texte).
Ce projet est nĂ© d’une rencontre de longue durĂ©e avec ce groupe d’individus qui se retrouvent toutes les semaines pour lire, page aprĂšs page Ă  voix haute, reprenant ensuite du dĂ©but et qui maintiennent audible une des Ɠuvres les plus remarquables du XX Ăšme siĂšcle.

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