Under the cobblestones of Belfast Beach

Sous les pavés la plage de Belfast A film by Benoît Labourdette (1’05s, 2005). The fascination of being able to film what happens in everyday life, thanks to the first mobile phones equipped with cameras. thumbnail Benoît Labourdette
A film by Benoît Labourdette (1’05s, 2005).
27 May 2005. Published by Leny Müh.

The fascination of being able to film what happens in everyday life, thanks to the first mobile phones equipped with cameras.

A reel of film on the floor. I kept the trace in motion, I took note of this encounter, and the movement of thought at that moment: “oh, an old trick, I pick it up, but I’ll throw it in the trash,”. And then ... I think of the film “On the Beach of Belfast”, by Henri François Imbert, who made a rich investigation from an old film found. So finally, the choice to retain this film reel.

It was only a few months ago, in 2005, that there were cameras in the phones that could be filmed at any time.

I make short films as a painter makes paintings, usually in a lonely way, away from academic practices of making cinema. Some films are made in a very spontaneous way, others can take years to mature. I explore the meeting between the image and the world. These are experimental works, which often also tell stories...