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The wind in the picture

In a time of multitasking, media noise and digital currents, Straub-Huillet's films stand as immovable stones – which ask us to listen to the wind. Exhibition at the Art Academy in Trondheim

(THIS ARTICLE IS ONLY MACHINE TRANSLATED by Google from Norwegian)

The films of the French director couple Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet (often called Straub-Huillet) have often been linked to resistance. Resistance to what? Against more things. The first thing that strikes one is that the films stand as carved stone tablets against accustomed audience expectations, with a bid for another setting and attention beyond what characterizes the programmatic fiction empowerment that is dominated by the dominant film
industry.
This resistance manifests itself in a consistent sweep of conventional procedures: the films are extremely stripped down and minimalist, and consist largely of everlasting images of nature and people reading sentences from a sheet. The total absence of conventional drama, intriguing narrative structures, psychological characters, star actors and post-production effects leads to films that resist easy entry. For Straub-Huillet, film is resistance to this world (society's devices and audience expectations), not empathy for another.
The directors themselves have said that they make films for. . .

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