Esprit de bière

  • 52'
  • France
  • 2000
An essay about, and an investigation of, beer - the 'archaeological fluid' - the way a policeman would investigate a banal fact. Beer is first analysed as a raw material (real, chemical, physical), then the cycle of the drink is meticulously followed. A 'documentary' by Pazienza is never just a documentary. There is a protagonist, there are props, scenes, scientific treatises, archive material, a division into chapters and a contemplative voice-over. But an important part of the film was also staged by the maker himself. With love and expertise, and beautifully filmed. Halfway through the film, the protagonist suddenly turns out to be the father of the maker and he also becomes the subject of the film, that then takes a philosophical and contemplative turn.
Director
Claudio Pazienza
Country of production
France
Production Year
2000
Festival Edition
IFFR 2001
Length
52'
Medium
35mm
International title
Beer Spirit
Language
French
Producer
Heure d'Été Productions
Sales
Heure d'Été Productions
Screenplay
Claudio Pazienza