L'ange

  • 70'
  • USA
  • 1982
Described by Cahiers du cinéma as 'a 2001: A Space Odyssey, produced under the same conditions as Eraserhead', The Angel invites you on a surrealist ascent into a world of silhouettes and symbols. This elusive film consists of a series of hypnotising tableaux: a man with a sword, a library populated by doppelgängers, an endless staircase, a woman in an egg-shape...
Patrick Bokanowski, French filmmaker and artist, has developed a manner of treating filmic material that crosses over traditional boundaries of film genre: short film, experimental cinema and animation. His work lies on the edge between optical and plastic art, in a 'gap' of constant reinvention. Patrick Bokanowski challenges the idea that cinema must, essentially, reproduce reality, our everyday thoughts and feelings. His films contradict the photographic 'objectivity' that is firmly tied to the essence of film production the world over. His experiments attempt to open the art of film up to other possibilities of expression, for example by 'warping' his camera lens (he prefers the term 'subjective' to 'objective' - the French word for 'lens'), thus testifying to a purely mental vision, unconcerned with film’s conventional representations, thus affecting and metamorphosing reality, and thereby offering to the viewer of his films new adventures in perception. (Pierre Coulibeuf)

Director
Patrick Bokanowski
Country of production
USA
Production Year
1982
Festival Edition
IFFR 2009
Length
70'
Medium
35mm
International title
The Angel
Language
French
Sales
Light Cone Distribution
Screenplay
Patrick Bokanowski
Cinematography
Patrick Bokanowski
Editor
Patrick Bokanowski
Production Design
Patrick Bokanowski, Christian Daninos
Music
Michèle Bokanowski
Cast
Maurice Baquet, Jean-Marie Bon