Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris
22nd edition
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Les quatre récits d'Alice

Myriam Jacob-Allard

Competition #4

Online streaming the Friday 16 October at 22:12 (UTC+2)

Synopsis

In Les quatre récits d’Alice, Myriam Jacob-Allard explore a story which, because of its persistence, is part of the family lore. This story, told countless times by her grandmother, is an implausible tale of the time a hurricane worthy of The Wizard of Oz, when she was a child, picked her up and sent her flying.

CountryCanada
Year2019
Screening FormatDigital
Duration5'45
Biography

Myriam Jacob-Allard is an interdisciplinary artist who works primarily with video, performance, craft and installation. Her practice focuses on Quebecois pop culture, particularly on country-western culture, which occupies an important place in her maternal family. Drawing on collected testimonials and stories as well as on country-western iconography, songs and myths, Myriam Jacob-Allard’s work reflects on matrilineal transmission, memory and forgetfulness.

Her work has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions as well as in festivals across Canada, Europe and South America. Recent screenings of her work include: The International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rencontres Internationales Traverse, and recent exhibitions include: T’envoler at Dazibao (2019), Once Upon a Time… The Western: A New Frontier in Art and Film at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (2017-2018) and The Grand Balcony at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in the context of the Biennale de Montréal (2016-2017). In 2015 Myriam Jacob-Allard was awarded the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art, and recently she received the Quebec Studio in Paris Grant for a six months residency in 2021 at La Cité internationale des Arts of Paris.

Text from the selection committee

A work of vocal embodiment of a barely credible family story heard several times over the course of a decade: By splitting the screen in two, on the left of the images from the internet or from films which progressively illustrate the stages of the 4 narrations of the actress / filmmaker on the right, Myriam Jacob-Allard creates an irresistible and extremely comical device because it is both inactual (amateur weather forecasts read in front of a crumpled green screen) and forced (a very visible synchronization of the voice, an impassive actress play, as opposed to the grandmother’s voice that we hear). Through the repetition of narrative inconsistencies and changes in versions of the event over the years, personal memory, survival and family sharing become the subject of a relentless and hilarious ironic work.

Translation made by the translator www.DeepL.com/Translator

(G.M.)
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