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Louidgi beltrame
El Brujo
Experimental film | 4k | color | 17'29'' | France / Peru | 2016
El Brujo, which means "The Sorcerer" in Spanish, is also the name of a Mochica archeological site. It is on this Peruvian beach that Louidgi Beltrame shot a part of his movie. The curandero (shaman) José Levis Picón Saguma is performing a re-enactment of François Truffaut’s 400 blows (1959) last sequence. In that sequence, the young hero, Antoine Doinel, interpreted at the time by iconic ?nouvelle-vague? actor Jean-Pierre Léaud, is running away in direction of the ocean. Right performing a Mesa - a psycho-active San-Pedro cactus related traditional healing ceremony - José Levis Picón Saguma is taking care of the vacant space left into the cinematographic apparatus by the actor whom was sick at the time of the shooting and thus was forced to remain in France. Feeling better soon after this magical operation, Jean-Pierre Léaud has been shot drifting through the streets of Paris, following a trajectory which is superimposing his memories from the 400 blows original shooting with his own "Nouvelle-Vague" subjective history. Through these transpositions, Beltrame orchestrates a series of shifts, with a migration of characters, patterns and eras. The geometric lines of the pyramids and excavations of the Peruvian landscape are echoed in the structure of the film?s editing, with tracking and panoramic shots, and are highlighted by the synthetic modular music of the track Triangle (1979) by Jacno.
Louidgi Beltrame was born in 1971 in Marseille and now lives in Paris. He studied at the Ecole supérieur d’art et de design Marseille-Mediterranée, the Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, and la Villa Arson in Nice. Beltrame is a growing artist in the contemporary art scene and has won the SAM prize for contemporary art in 2014. His work is based on documenting modes of human organization throughout the history of the 20th century. He travels to sites defined by a paradigmatic relation to modernity: Hiroshima, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Chandigarh, Tchernobyl or the mining colony of Gunkanjima, over the sea off Nagasaki. His films - based on the recording of reality and the constitution of an archive - appeal to fiction as a possible way to consider History. The artist has exhibited in many places, namely at the Palais de tokyo (2006/2016), the Centre d’Art Contemporain de Chelles (2010), The Musée d’Art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg (2008), the Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev (2007), l’Atelier de Jeu de Paume, Paris (2006), the Musée d’art conemporain de Val-de-Marne, France (2005), the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2005).