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Film Info
Collection “Premier jour”

Film Information

Exhibition Title Collection “Premier jour”
Original Title Collection “Premier jour”
English Title “First Day” Collection
Director Fernand Melgar
Year 2003
Format Digibeta
Colour Color
Duration 61'
  • Dirección / Director: Fernand Melgar
  • Guión / Scriptwriter: Fernand Melgar
  • Fotografía / Cinematography: Camille Cottagnoud, Fernand Melgar
  • Edición / Editing: Fernand Melgar
  • Compañía Productora / Production Company: Climage
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Collection “Premier jour” (Le Combat, L’Arrivée, L’Apprentissage, La Visite, La Vente, La Rentrée, L’Ordination)

A first job. A first date. A first trip. They all can leave an indelible mark on us. The first time is tantamount to an initiation; it has the taste of the unfamiliar, of a challenge and a discovery. Fernand Melgar decided to make a series of abbreviated shorts immortalizing “the first day”. A very small crew was used to shoot the films, which capture fragments of everyday life shot live in real time, thus making for an unforgettable experience of everyday incidents. The filmmaker’s approach, however, involves more than just recording: it hints the suffering, selfishness, and vanity that go into these trivial incidents, despite their original good intentions. The adoption of a child; a handicapped person’s job; a journey undertaken by a blind man; they’re all little narratives with highly complex and cruel implications. In just a few minutes, Melgar pinpoints several states of existential malaise.

Jean Perret

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